Teen Driver Study: Fewer Fatal Crashes in Texas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- A newly released study found that fatal crashes involving teenage drivers have declined faster in Texas than in other comparable states.

Those who did the research say that's likely because Texas' graduated driver license law is boosted by peer education programs.

The Texas Transportation Institute is part of the Texas A&M University System. According to the study it released Monday, federal statistics in recent years show a nationwide decline in teen crash fatalities. But in few states has that decline been sharper than in Texas.

The study compared Texas to other states with at least five years of graduated driver license law data. Graduated licensing refers to levels of increased driving privileges as a young motorist gains experience.

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