Today’s teenagers seem to have an issue with wearing their seatbelts. A new report by the Governors’ Highway Safety Association has revealed that of the teen drivers killed on the roads in 2012, over half (51.2 percent, to be precise) weren’t wearing their seatbelts.
We aren’t sure what’s worse, that the figure has jumped 6 percent in the past three years, or that teen passengers are 20 percent less likely to wear seatbelts than teen drivers.
“Crashes are already the leading cause of death for teens, and it is particularly disturbing to see the percentage of unbelted teen drivers and passengers in fatalities continue to rise,” said the GHSA’s executive director, Jonathan Adkins.
Considering this information, the GHSA’s report doesn’t just inform, it aims to help local municipalities counteract this trend. The report details some of the most successful programs in the country when it comes to encouraging teen seatbelt use and outlines common elements that make them successful so that new programs can be set up around the country.]
“Developing innovative, engaging approaches to teen safe driving reduces injuries and ultimately helps save lives,” said Steve Sorenson, executive vice president at Allstate, which co-authored the GHSA report. “We hope that highlighting effective programs already underway in states and cities across the country will help expand their reach and encourage everyone in the car to buckle up on every trip.”