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October 24, 2013

National Teen Driver Safety Week continues this week

STILLWATER, Okla. — Car accidents are the No. 1 cause of death among teens in the United States, but in the last eight years Oklahoma has seen fewer accidents resulting in death.

National Teen Driver Safety Week continues through Saturday.

In Oklahoma, the number of teens who have died in a crash has declined, according to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

“The inexperience of the driver is a causal factor and with other factors that possibility goes up,” Stillwater Police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said.

A majority of teens between 16 and 19 years old die in their first and last crash, according to the Department of Public Safety.

“Inexperience and immaturity, combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, and distractions all contribute to teen-related crashes,” said Oklahoma Highway Safety Office Director Garry Thomas.

Since 2005, the number of teen drivers involved in a crash has declined 28 percent.

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