Speed and Lack of Seatbelts Claims Tucson Teenager’s Life

On April 12, 2014, a 17-year-old died in a rollover accident near Corona de Tucson. His 18-year-old passenger, unnamed by the multiple media venues that reported the accident to the public, was transported to a nearby trauma center and suffered no life-threatening injuries.

According to a Pima County Deputy, officials suspected that the cause of the accident was speeding.

Unfortunately, the story is all too familiar. In fact, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), car accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths in the United States. Their latest research shows that 7 teens, between the ages of 16 and 19, die every day in the U.S. as a result of car accidents. They also state that the risks for teen car accident deaths are three times the risk that of drivers 20 and older. In addition, the CDC states that male teens, teens driving with teen passengers, and newly licensed teens pose an even higher risk.

Individuals and organizations have presented several preventative measures. One of the most popular strategies includes more intensive driver’s education classes. More specifically, this approach suggests that driver classes should include in-depth coverage of driving hazard recognition, such as weather, more intensive presentations of the interaction of speed, control, and stopping distance, as well as spending more time on the importance of seatbelts, and the dangers of drinking and driving. At present, most classes do touch on these topics, but many groups, such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) feel that more time should be spent on each subject and include real-life presentations of the possible results associated with each danger.

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