(NBC News) A new AAA study finds the number of 16 and 17 year old drivers is rising.
“Sixty percent of teens under the age of 18 are getting their license and this is actually an 11 percent increase from 2012,” says AAA’s Jennifer Ryan.
Researchers at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety believe the reason for the increase is the economy.
“There are insurance costs, there are potential vehicle costs, and so the economy and the ability of parents to afford having their teen get a license is definitely something that comes into play,” Ryan explains.
More teen drivers on the road also translates into an increased risk for everyone.
“When we look at that demographic they are three times as likely to be involved in a deadly crash than adults,” Ryan notes.Grab the FREE WDTN News App from the Apple Store or Google play. Stay up to date with all the local news, weather and sports as well as live newscasts and events as they happen.