CDC Suggests Night Time Driving Restrictions for Teens

CDC Study Addresses Teen Driver Fatalities

In recent study findings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that limiting a teen to driving to midnight would reduce their risk of a fatal collision. According to the-the CDC’s most recent statistics, one-third of teen car crashes resulting in a fatality occurs before twelve am (midnight).

In the United States, forty-nine states prevent nighttime driving as part of a graduated licensing program.; twenty-three states prohibit driving after midnight. According to statistics obtained during 2009-2014, Thirty-one percent of drivers aged 16-17 who had fatal crashes had them between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am. Almost three out of five of the collisions occurred between 9:00 pm and midnight.

Night Driving Can Cause Teen Collisions

Driving at night can be challenging for experienced drivers who need to deal with factors such as wildlife. For teens, inexperience plays a vital part when it comes to driving at night. Experts reviewing the CDC’s report are suggesting that restricting teen drivers from driving after ten pm or earlier, will save lives and reduce injuries.

Factors such as distracted driving including texting and driving are considered to be a major factor in crashes amongst teens. The use of alcohol also plays a significant role in teen crashes. The risk of a night crash is increased by distractions and drinking.

The full report can be found in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6529a1.htm?s_cid=mm6529a1_w