Washington, D.C. – A new study of crash data shows that the majority of people killed in crashes involving teenager drivers are not the drivers themselves. The study was released by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Study.

New analysis shows that about one-third of people killed in crashes involving drivers age 15 to 17 are the drivers themselves, while nearly two-thirds are passengers, occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, or other road users.

“For every teen driver killed in a crash, almost twice as many other people die, which underscores the link between teen driver safety and the safety of everyone on the road,” said AAA president and CEO Robert Darbelnet.

Between 1998 and 2007, crashes in the U.S. involving drivers age 15, 16 and 17 killed 28,138 people. Of these, 10,388 were the teenage drivers themselves. The remaining 17,750 included 8,829 passengers in the teenager’s vehicle, 6,858 occupants of other vehicles operated by adult drivers, and 2,063 non-motorists and others.

“During the last decade, as states improved their teen licensing systems and AAA has helped parents get more involved, we have seen reductions in teen driver deaths and even larger reductions in the number of other people killed,” Darbelnet said. “Clearly, measures put into place to save teen drivers help us all.”

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