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Teen driving fatalities data shows an alarming trend

Jayne O'Donnell from USA Today investigated teenage driving accidents across the United States and found an alarming trend. Nearly three-fourths of teenage accidents occurred when males were behind the wheel with 16-year-olds being the riskiest of them all. "Their rate of involvement in fatal crashes was nearly five times that of drivers ages 20 and older, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety." States with restrictive licenses saw a significant decrease in teenage fatalities once the restriction was in place. "Seven states and the District of Columbia don't give unrestricted licenses to anyone under 18."

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