Then read this.
Teen drivers kill 6,000 drivers every year and injure another 300,000.
That's not the way the article puts it:
Each year, nearly 6,000 American teenagers die in car accidents involving teenage drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; more than 300,000 are injured.
It's an unfortunate symptom of our car-default culture that this otherwise essential article uses weasel words instead of a plain statement of fact: our kids are killing each other at an alarming rate.
The factors that lead to this unacceptable teenage death toll are well-known and easily controlled:
- Driving after dark
- Driving with other kids in the car
- Talking on the phone
- Text messaging
Read the article. It filled me with despair that we don't have this epidemic under control, but hopeful that we can.
When teens kill teens, it's no accident.