“Parents have a strong influence on their teens, even as they grow older and become more independent,” said Acting KOHS Executive Director Jason Siwula. “Because of their lack of experience, teen drivers are a potential danger to themselves and to other drivers, which is why it is so important that parents take time to discuss safe driving practices with their teens.”
According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 15-18 in the United States. Per mile driven, teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.
Over the past three years in Kentucky, there were more than 42,000 crashes involving a teenage driver, resulting in more than 12,000 injuries and 162 fatalities.