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Ohio teen drivers labeled high risk

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COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Teen drivers remain one of Ohio's most at risk groups when it comes to becoming involved in a traffic crash.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, From 2010-2012, teen drivers were at fault in 100,871 traffic crashes, resulting in 44,458 injuries and 299 deaths on Ohio's roadways. Teen drivers were at fault in 10% of all fatal crashes during the same time period.

While crash causes may vary, speed-related circumstances accounted for 57 percent of crashes caused by teen drivers.

From 2010-2012, 62 percent of the citations issued to teen drivers were for speed-related violations and 18 percent were for failure to wear a safety belt.

The patrol urges teen drivers to plan ahead when traveling to or from school or school events in order to eliminate rushing from one location to another. They are also reminded that safety belts save lives and they should encourage everyone in their vehicle to buckle-up, every time.

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