Teen drivers in Pennsylvania seem to be driving more safely in recent years, according to the Radnor Patch and AAA.com. AAA, Mid-Atlantic region, recently reported that the driving deaths of early teenage drivers has decrease in Pennsylvania. This is opposite of the national trend, which saw an increase of 19% in early teenage driving deaths.Taking data from the first half of 2012, six teenage drivers between the ages of 16-17 died in automobile accidents. This is a decrease of 4 from the same six months of 2011. Nationally, the death toll in this age range between the first six months of 2011 to 2012 increased from 202 to 240.
Some AAA representatives feel that the decreased driving deaths for Pennsylvania teens is due to the recent legislation that tightened up teenage driving rules in PA. It is also important to recognize the parent's role in keeping teenage drivers safe as well. Teaching teens proper road safety and etiquette is the first step to avoiding a potentially fatal accident.
Others are concerned that the improving economy will lead more teens to travel longer distances in cars, either for work or pleasure, which could potentially lead to more automobile accidents. Either way, at the moment, Pennsylvania teens are proving to the state that they can be safe and responsible on the road.