Study: Dangers increase when teens drive with other teens

FILE (AP Photo)
FILE (AP Photo)

New Orleans, La. - A warning for parents of teenage drivers:  a new study from AAA finds a teen driver's risk of dying in a vehicle crash increases dramatically when other teens are in the car.

AAA says compared to driving alone, a 16-year-old or 17-year-old driver was 44-percent more likely to die in a crash, per mile driven, with at least one passenger under 21 years old.

The risk of a fatal wreck doubled with two or more passengers under 21, and no adults present.  Put an adult in the passenger seat, and everything changes.

Researchers say having one person at least 35 or older in the car, cuts a teen driver's risk by more than 60-percent.

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