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​Crashes Involving Teens Triple During Back-to-School

 
COLUMBUS (August, 23, 2011) –  Teens driving to school are nearly three times more likely to get involved in a crash according to a new five-year safety analysis by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
 
In fact, seven o’clock in the morning is the most dangerous time for teens driving to school. From 2006 to 2
010, the study found early morning crashes involving teens (ages 15-18) nearly tripled from 42 in the first week of August to 118 the last week in August – which is attributed to the start of the new school year.
 
Furthermore, early morning crashes involving teens more than double from 296 in August to 617 in September and 615 in October.
 
“Nationally, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers,’ said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.  “It’s important for teens to take their time, remain focused and obey all traffic laws to make sure they arrive safely to school.”
 
The ODOT safety study shows that driver inattention - including following too close, failure to control, excessive speed and failure to yield - is the leading cause of these crashes. 
 
To help teens arrive safely to school, ODOT offers these safety tips:
  1. Always wear your seatbelt
  2. Slow down - obey all traffic laws and speed limits
  3. Don’t text and drive - your focus needs to be on the road
  4. Don’t pass other vehicles or change lanes in school zones
The study also revealed that in the months of August, September and October more than 22,000 teens were involved in crashes on Ohio’s roadways. 
 
For more safety tips and information on roadway safety, visit www.everymove.ohio.gov.
 
All traffic crash data was derived from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
 
 
For more information contact:
Melissa Ayers, Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640
or your local ODOT District Communications Office