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Young driver deaths increase in USA

1 March 2013

The number of 16 and 17 year old drivers who died in traffic accidents in the USA rose significantly in the first half of 2012, creeping back towards what traffic safety experts called "unacceptable" levels, according to research published last week.

The report — a preliminary compilation of data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia by the Governors Highway Safety Association — found that 240 16 and 17 year olds died behind the wheel from January through June 2012. That is a 19 percent increase over the same period in 2011 and a startling 26 percent more than in the first half of 2010.

The full report can be read here.

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