TYLER, TX, - Allstate is urging teen drivers in East Texas to focus on the freeways this summer. While car crashes can happen any time, any place, new data shows the number of accidents involving teen drivers is higher on certain roads and highways in the Tyler-Longview area.
US-69 in Smith County had more car crashes involving teen drivers than any other roadway in East Texas during the five year period between 2006 and 2010, according to the data provided to Allstate by the Texas Department of Transportation. SL-323 and SH-64, both in Smith County, were in second and third.
Motor Vehicle Crashes by Roadway and County Involving Drivers Age 15-19 from 2006-2010 in East Texas
Roadway/County Total Crashes
US-69, Smith County 1,083
SL-323, Smith County 883
SH-64, Smith County 395
SL-281, Gregg County 372
SH-110, Smith County 339
Statewide, Interstate 45 in Harris County had more car crashes involving teen drivers than any other roadway in Texas, according to the data.
Motor Vehicle Crashes by Roadway and County Involving Drivers Age 15-19 from 2006-2010 in Texas
Roadway/County Total Crashes
I-45, Harris County 3,091
I-10, Harris County 1,910
I-10, Bexar County 1,727
I-35, Bexar County 1,668
SL1604, Bexar County 1,648
I-410, Bexar County 1,600
I-35, Travis County 1,579
I-635, Dallas County 1,489
US 59, Harris County 1,440
FM 1960, Harris County 1,365
I-45, Montgomery County 1,276
I-10, El Paso County 1,231
US 281, Bexar County 1,201
I-35 E, Dallas County 1,162
I-610, Harris County 1,112
100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers
The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the "100 Deadliest Days." More teens die in car crashes during this period than during any other.
"Car crashes are the number one killer of Texas teens," said Michael Walker, an Allstate agent in Texas. "Summer is almost here and when school is out, more teens will be hitting the highways across the state. This data should spur parents and community leaders to take action and teach our teen drivers that speeding, distractions and carelessness can be costly."
Another important reason for parents to talk to teens about safe driving is they will listen. In a study from The Allstate Foundation, almost 90 percent of teens surveyed said their parents are the biggest influencers on their driving habits.
Learn the Laws
A comprehensive GDL program is the best way to reduce teen-related auto accidents by giving states guidance and resources to make their roads safer.
• Allstate supports the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act (S. 528 and H.R. 1515) in an effort to save lives on America's roads and highways.
Allstate supports the establishment of comprehensive, uniform GDL legislation at the federal level as state and national evaluations of GDL have found crash reductions for 16 and 17-year-old drivers in the 20 percent to 40 percent range.
The Texas GDL law stipulates that drivers under age 18 cannot use a wireless communication device, except in case of an emergency, regardless of when their license was issued. The law also states during the first 12 month period following a teen under the age of 18 getting a driver license, they cannot drive:
• After midnight and before 5 a.m. unless for employment, a school related activity or because of a medical emergency.
• With more than one passenger under 21 in the vehicle who is not a family member.
Make sure your family understands the current GDL law in Texas. You can also find about federal legislation that could help make our teens safer on the road nationwide by visiting facebook.com/save11.
X the TXT
Pledge not to text and drive, and help reduce teen deaths and other distracted driving injuries. Join the X the TXT Facebook page at facebook.com/XtheTEXT.
Download a Parent Teen Driver Contract
Parents can start the conversation with teens about the importance of safe driving, set guidelines and discuss consequences by downloading a parent-teen driver contract at ProtectTeenDrivers.com.
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