Talking and texting on a cell phone is most likely the primary cause for the increase in fatalities in the teenage driver group. For the increase in the older group, alcohol use is most likely to blame.
Driving at night already increases risks with lower visibility and slower response due to driver fatigue. Adding cell phone use and inexperienced drivers into the mix makes for an even more dangerous situation.
The number of total fatal crashes occurring both during the day and at night dropped in the last ten years, but the proportion of these crashes occurring at night has increased. Just under 50 percent of fatal crashes involved teen drivers.
Many teenagers start using cell phones before they start driving. Their comfort and familiarity with the technology leads many to believe that they can easily multitask, even while operating a motor vehicle. Teenagers are also less likely to see nighttime driving as an increased risk situation, research shows.
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