statistics surrounding teenage drivers are alarming. In 2003, 63% of of
the fatally injured 16-20 year-old passenger vehicle occupants were
unrestrained, compared to 55% of adults 21 or older. Also,
drivers are considerably less likely to wear seatbelts after they have been
drinking. In 2003, of the young drivers who had been drinking and were
killed in car accidents, 74% were unrestrained.
Teenage drivers face a number of dangers on
the road because of the novelty of operating a motor vehicle. They tend to
take risks that more mature drivers do not because teens are not as aware of the
dangers involved in driving. That is why safety belts become that much
more important for kids between the ages of 16 and 20.