National Teen Driver Safety Week -- October 19-25, 2008

October 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;10/17/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 41, p1121
The article focuses on the National Teen Driver Safety Week in the U.S. from October 19-25, 2008. It states that a total of 4,144 teenagers aged 16-19 have died in 2006, while nearly 400,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in traffic accidents. The comprehensive graduated driver licensing systems are expected to reduce fatal and nonfatal injury crashes of drivers aged 16 years by as much as 38% and 40%, respectively. Other measures that can reduce traffic accidents are outlined, including extending learner permit period.


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