Teens and Distracted Driving 2015

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

This analysis of crash data drawn from Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) General Estimates System (GES) contained an overview of teens and distracted driving in the United States and the role of distraction in road crashes.

Results showed 11% of all teen motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2015 involved distracted driving, and 8% of the people who died in distraction-affected crashes in 2015 were teens aged 15 to 19 years old. Furthermore, 9% of people killed in teen driving crashes died when teen drivers were distracted at the time of the crash. It also revealed that 60% of the people killed in teen driver (15 to 19 years) distraction-affected crashes were actually teens 15 to 19 years old.

The data presented in this publication highlight the need for the education and enforcement to reduce distracted driving among teen drivers.

National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2016, October). Teens and distracted driving 2015. (Report No. DOT HS 812 335). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.