Fatal teen crashes on the rise

Posted at 2:34 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 15:34:35-04

According to a report from the AAA Foundation, drivers ages 16-17 are three times more likely to get into a deadly crash than adults. 

This finding comes at the beginning of the "100 deadliest days," which are from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In that timeframe, deadly teen driver crashes are up 15 percent because inexperienced drivers are out of school and on the road more, according to Amy Stracke, Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA. 

In Nebraska, drivers ares 19 and under make up 7.2 percent of licensed drivers, but are in more crashes. In the state, 21 percent of all reported crashes, 26 percent of crashes using a cell phone, 26 percent of single-car rollover and 35 percent of exceeding speed limit crashes all involved a driver 19 or younger. 

Overall, there are 11 driving categories where teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of accidents.