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A recent study of teen driving habits was conducted by the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Co. Though teenagers may be heeding warnings about drinking and driving, every year thousands of fatal car accidents are caused, in whole or in part, by teens driving with distractions. The distractions include cell phones, hand-held games and other passengers. The risk of a fatal crash doubles when there is one teen passenger with a teen driver. While there has been a decrease in alcohol-related teen traffic deaths, car accidents are the No. 1 killer of U.S. teens. Teens in the U.S. have a “fatality rate four times higher than drivers aged 25-69, based on miles driven.” The study was led by Dr. Flaura Winston, of the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. The researchers plan to “use the study to push for legislation such as stricter requirements for graduated drivers licenses, which can include mandated supervised driving with parents, night driving curfews and passenger restrictions.”

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