One of the craziest things that we as a society do is give teens licenses to operate death machines, which in some communities, are known as “cars.” (Full disclosure: I am extremely afraid of driving and do not have my license.) While people get into crashes at any age, teens account for 30 percent of motor vehicles crashes in the United States even though they only represent 14 percent of drivers. This makes sense, considering teens are inevitably new and inexperienced when it comes to driving.
Even though teens do the vast majority of their driving during the day, one-third of car accidents with teen drivers occur at night. A new study conducted by the CDC investigated those nighttime car accidents with teen drivers, focusing on crashes that happened between 9:00pm and 5:59am. Researchers found that 57 percent of their accidents happen at night between the hours of 9:00 - 11:59pm. Most states do have driving restrictions for teens, but 23 of them (as well as Washington D.C.) don’t require teen drivers to have supervision until after midnight.
Ruth Shults, the epidemiologist at the CDC who led the study, says that these states “could consider updating their nighttime driving restrictions to include earlier hours — for example, 9:00pm or 10:00pm” if they want to decrease the number of car accidents.
What would that mean for you? Safer roads.
What would that mean for teens? Even earlier curfews. Muahahahaha.