5 States (Including Georgia) Receive Over $74,000 to Help the Fight of High-Risk Drivers
Over the years, the number of teen deaths has spiked to over 9%. Because of this, five states have been awarded new grants to receive a total of $74,000 to benefit high-risk drivers.
In 2015, the number of teen driver deaths went up by 9 percent. As a result, The Ford Driving School for Life (Ford DSFL) and The Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) have awarded the State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO’s) in New York, Georgia, New Hampshire, Montana, and Nebraska $74,000 in funding to help support safe teen driving activities.
This announcement was made after new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research was released that showed that teen drivers were over three times more likely to be involved in fatal car crashes. Such accidents result in wrongful death and Atlanta personal injury cases. According to research provided by the NHTSA, there were are a total of 1,866 teen drivers killed in 2015. This was 163 more teen deaths than reported in 2014. Based on early estimates in 2016, the number of teen deaths is continuing to rise.
Fact: Young GA Drivers Are Considered High Risk and Are Prone to Car Accidents
The GHSA Executive Director, Jonathan Adkins stated that novice drivers continue to pose a risk to themselves and other people on the road.
He also promised that the states listed above would use the funds to create programs to prevent teen car accident fatalities by creating new teen programs.
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will be holding a two-day teen driving event in February 2018. It will be held at the same time as the state’s Youth and Young Adult Leadership Conference. The lessons are going to be hands-on, interactive lessons on safe driving. Teens will also learn how to communicate safety to their peers at the conference and over 150 students are expected to attend.