Created on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The deaths of six teens in Ohio came the same day as an accident in Texas that killed five and a day before an Illinois crash killed four. Three teenagers died days earlier in Indiana when police said two pickups ran a four-way stop and collided. Here is a look at some recent teen driving deaths statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices:
— There were 435 16-year-old drivers killed in 2000, but that had dropped to 173 by 2011. Deaths among 17-year-old drivers dropped from 564 to 250 during the same time period.
— But deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers in traffic accidents during the first six months of 2012 rose a combined 19 percent during the same period of the previous year — from 202 to 240 deaths.
— Despite the recent increase, overall teen driving deaths are significantly lower than a decade ago, when teen drivers traveled with fewer state-imposed restrictions, including limits on driving with teen passengers and driving at night.
— Deaths of young passengers when the driver was between the ages of 15 and 20 have dropped significantly since 1982, when 1,898 riders within the same age range died. In 2011, the year for which most recent passenger data are available, the number of deaths of passengers between 15 and 20 years old dropped to 777.