Skip Navigation

HHS HealthBeat (February 25, 2013)

Young and on the roads

Teen driver with keys

Take the Next Step
Get the facts

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Young drivers are still a high-risk group for highway tragedy. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says traffic death rates among 15- to 24-year-olds have generally gone down from 1999 to 2011. For instance, death rates for 15- to 19-year-olds fell by about half.

CDC Director Thomas Frieden offers some possible explanations – things like wearing seat belts, not drinking and driving, adhering to graduated drivers license rules, and following parents’ clear rules on safe driving.

But Dr. Frieden notes:

“Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for people age 15 to 24 – 19 deaths every day.”

The analysis is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Learn more at

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: March 20, 2013