Cdc Teen Driver Fatal Crashes Drop 36 Percent

10.22.10 | FL News Team

(Atlanta, GA)  --  The number of fatal car crashes involving drivers 16 and 17 years old dropped by 36-percent from 2004 to 2008.  That's according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The CDC credits tougher limits on young drivers for helping significantly cut the number of teens involved in fatal crashes over the five-year period.  The report says the number of fatal accidents dropped from 22-hundred in 2004 to 14-hundred in 2008.  During that time frame, Wyoming had the highest rate of fatalities among 16 and 17-year-olds, while New York and New Jersey had the lowest rate.