Teenage Drivers

Drunk Driving & DWI conviction

DUI or Driving After Dark: What Is The Worst Danger For Teenage Drivers

Most people understand that teenage drivers are more likely to be in a wreck. For a very long time, statistics have shown that the number one cause of death for young folks is traffic accidents. How do the varying degrees of dangers that increase their chances of getting into accidents compare?

Keep in mind that parents are designed to worry about their children. In fact, insurance companies build them into their policy rates already. Each year, large and small communities must deal with the unfathomable losses. However, a recent study reveals that teenage drivers are most at risk, not from drinking, not from not wearing their seatbelts and not from speeding, but from nighttime driving. Surprised?

You can find the complete story in a decade’s worth of national data that’s been analyzed by the Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute. It’s the leading transportation research organization within the United States. Even if drinking is not present in teenagers, they face an increase of driving at night when other dangers are present including:

- Distractions
- Inexperience
- Lack of proper amount of sleep

Also, creeping into the increase of traffic accidents for teenagers of today is their overconfidence of texting and driving.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke about the latest information on distracted driving and young drivers in a recent Washington Post series on the matter. LaHood said one-quarter of all teenagers admits to texting while driving. In 2008, a very high number of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes were under 20 years of age.

Teenage drivers are inexperienced behind the wheel, which makes them so vulnerable. Mix in cell phones only adds to the danger as well as DUI underage. There are tons of messages that warn teenage drivers not to text and drive.

States Vary In Their Legal Answers To The Problem

There are some states that have laws that permit teens to obtain their learner’s permit as young as 14. However, this practice and getting one’s license at 16 is quickly disappearing. The U.S. Senate has proposed legislation and has encouraged all states to phrase in the teen driving privileges while they impose strict bans on cell phone use, night-time driving and having more than one teenager as a passenger. The intention is to ensure that all states are regulating all their teenage drivers, and for those who don’t comply, they will their federal highway funds.

Ohio is a prime example of a state that has stepped in to lessen the number of teenage accidents by imposing more restrictions on their younger drivers. Since 2007, there are special restrictions on persons 18 years of age who hold probation or temporary instruction license/permit holders.

1 – 17 or under drivers can have just one passenger in their vehicle who is not their family member, unless the parent or guardian is in the vehicle as well.

2 – All 18 or younger drivers cannot drive between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. without their parent/guardian.

3 – Any 18 or younger driver who gets their first moving violation within six months of obtaining their license will face a probationary period, which means they can only drive if their parent/guardian is also in the vehicle.

Like other states, however, Ohio has yet to tackle the texting and cell phone use while driving.

Tough Teen DUI Laws Are Still In Effect

A top priority for law enforcement is to stop alcohol and drug-related violations for teenager drivers. The effects of these laws that are in place are apparent. 80 percent of people recognize drinking as a major problem while just three percent say this about nighttime driving. The same study period showed there has been a slow increase in the number of younger people getting onto accidents that in the nighttime hours while it remains the same for accidents that involve alcohol.

Obviously, there are some real benefits of to the increase of enforcement but errors in evidence and overzealous cops and prosecutors will always be a major concern for both parents and teen drivers. Talk with an experienced attorney to understand all your rights and all the ever-changing traffic laws.


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