Teen drivers remain one of Ohio’s most at-risk groups

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WAPAKONETA, Ohio (WDTN) – Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teens, ahead of all types of injury, disease or violence, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Teen drivers were involved in 135,882 traffic crashes in Ohio between 2015 and 2017, 15 percent of which were contributed to by an action on the part of the teen driver.

Crashes where teen drivers were at fault resulted in 285 fatalities and 41,917 injuries.

“Poor decisions while driving can stay with teen drivers for the rest of their lives,” said Lt. Carrico, Wapakoneta Post Commander. “That is why responsibility, awareness, and safety are so important for our youngest drivers.”

National Teen Driving Safety Week is October 21 through 27 and Highway Patrol says this provides the perfect chance for parents to discuss safe driving habits with their teens.

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