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Home    Newsroom    News Releases    CoxHealth News: July 2013    Fewer teens are driving, but auto crashes remain the leading cause of teen death
Fewer teens are driving, but auto crashes remain the leading cause of teen death

Experts recommend a teen driver safety course for all young drivers

For immediate release
July 12, 2013

Getting your driver’s license was once considered a rite of passage for American teens. But a report out today says only 28 percent of 16 year olds were licensed to drive in 2010, compared to 46 percent in 1983.

While the reasons cited for this decline vary, one truth remains: motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. And that must give any parent second thoughts before they put their son or daughter behind the wheel.

“Whether your child is preparing to drive at age 15, age 18, or anywhere in between, the best thing you can do is enroll your child in an age-appropriate driving safety course,” says Jason Martin, injury prevention outreach coordinator with CoxHealth.

Martin says driving is a huge responsibility, and an interactive course specifically designed for young drivers will teach them how to make responsible decisions. “For example, in our Risky Business class, we bring in registered nurses and representatives from community groups to talk about drinking and driving, texting and driving, even hill topping,” he says. 

CoxHealth’s next Risky Business class is Wednesday, July 31, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. For just $25 for non-CoxHealth employees, and $15 for CoxHealth employees or family members, teens ages 15-18 can learn the necessary skills to stay safe behind the wheel. For more information or to register, call 269-0920 or visit

CoxHealth Corporate Communications
Phone: 417-269-4113 | Fax: 417-269-5750
After business hours: 417-269-3211 

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