Teen driver deaths up in Bama
Published 12:05am Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Alabama is among five states that saw double-digit gains in the number of 16-and17-year-old driver deaths last year, according to a government report released Tuesday.
That information, which was based on the first six months of 2012, was released Tuesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association compared the number of deaths in 2012 to the same period in 2011. Overall, young teen driver deaths rose to 240 from 202 – a 19 percent jump. The report looked at 16- and 17-year-old driver fatalities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
In Alabama, there were three teen drivers who died in car crashes during that period in 2011, according to the 14-page report. That number jumped to 12 in 2012, placing the state alongside Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee, who each reported double-digit losses.
In Covington County, agencies like the Children’s Policy Council Coalition sponsor safe driver campaigns.
Jessie Stephens, CPCC project coordinator, said a billboard campaign was recently expanded to include the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving. Stephens