The leading cause of death in teenagers is auto accidents. That’s even more shocking when you learn that more than half were not wearing seatbelts. Summer time is the worst, known as the “100 deadliest days for teen drivers” according to the National Safety Council. Not wearing seatbelts causes more fatalities than texting and driving. In 2012 there were 2,439 teens killed, more than half did not have seatbelts on. According to a report from “Teens in Cars” compiled by Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children. The results are similar to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Safety Council.
Why Aren’t Teens Wearing Seatbelts?
The General Motors sponsored report surveyed 1,000 teens to answer that question. The survey asked teens ages 13-19 so they could understand their perceptions about their own safety when riding as passengers. Passengers account for 44 percent of the fatalities. One in four teens said they don’t wear seatbelts when riding with another teen. Why? Most teens say they forgot or it’s not a habit.
Teens have an invincibility complex says Kathy Bernstein, Senior Director of Teen Driving Initiative for National Safety Council. The latest scientific thought suggests the brain isn’t fully developed until 25 years old
Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death for a front seat passenger by 45%. While the number of teen traffic fatalities has dropped 56 percent from a peak of 5,491 in 2002, the percentage of fatalities from not wearing seatbelts has remained the same.
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