Previously, in preparation for Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16 to October 22) we blogged about a program called “Take The Wheel” offered by the AAA Automobile Club designed to help teenagers and parents learn safe driving with a combination of road training and home coursework. According to reporting by News OK, it seems that these kinds of programs that promote education and safety awareness may be making a positive impact.
According to research by the AAA, there were 68 fatalities of people 16 to 20 years of age in all recorded car accidents in Oklahoma in 2010, a significant drop from 2009, 89 fatalities, and an even greater decrease from 2008, which recorded 112 deaths. Along with increased efforts toward education, civic change may also have played a role. Oklahoma’s “graduated driver’s license law” mandates that drivers between 15 and 18 years old are required to drive under family supervision with a learner’s permit for a minimum of six months, which is then followed by an intermediary trial period of another six months before a teenager can become fully and legally licensed.
If a teenage driver receives a driving violation during either six month training phase, they are required to stay at the probationary trial level for an additional six months. During the two learning levels, or any probationary periods that follow, a teenage driver is limited on how many other teenage passengers are allowed in the car with them.
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety claims that after the driver’s license law became effective in 2005, the percentage of fatalities involving drivers 16 to 20 years old dropped from 13.3 percent of all deadly crashes to 9.1 percent in 2010. However, teenagers still face more distractions behind the wheel than any other generation before them, so the issue is one that needs continued attention, education and awareness to keep the numbers in a positive decline.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Oklahoma car accident attorneys with Maples Law Firm. Call (888) 226-6159 for a complimentary consultation.