Decade Reducing Deaths

Decade Reducing Deaths

by Allan F. Williams, Ph.D
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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:30pm


In the last decade, teen motor vehicle deaths dropped by nearly half. The rates remain too high, but further reductions are possible.

Even though motor vehicle-related deaths among 13-to-19-year-olds fell from 5,300 to 2,524 since 2005, that’s still 2,524 too many. The fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-to-19-year-olds stands out – it is nearly three times that of drivers 20 and older. And the rates at ages 16 and 17 are nearly twice the fatal crash rate per mile driven of older teens ages 18 and 19.

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Allan F. Williams is a Social Psychologist with a Ph. D. from Harvard University. For most of his career, he worked for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, retiring as Chief Scientist in 2004. Since that time he has conducted research independently and consulted for several organizations, and has published more than 350 articles in professional journals and lectured around the world on topics including occupant restraints, alcohol-impaired driving, and young drivers. He is ranked by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the most highly cited authors in his field.