Published Studies and Reports

“Research Report: Teens in Cars”. A new study from Safe Kids Worldwide, made possible by a grant from the General Motors Foundation, surveyed 1,000 teens to learn why more teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death. The report highlights why teens don’t always buckle up, explores their texting and distraction habits, and examines what teens do when they feel unsafe. Safe Kids Worldwide, June 2014

“New Study Finds Teens Have Risky Definitions of Safe Driving”, Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD report a sharp disconnect between teens’ acknowledgment of dangerous driving behaviors and their actions behind the wheel. - Liberty Mutual Insurance/SADD, March 18, 2014

“Distracted Driving Among Newly Licensed Teen Drivers”, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, March 2012

“Teen Driver Risk in Relation to Age and Number of Passengers”, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, May 2012

“Summary of Research Findings Indicate Significant Crash Risks Associated with Hands-Free Texting While Driving”, Adept Driver, April 25, 2013

Why driving while using hands-free cell phones is risky behavior, National Safety Council, 2010

1 Walking Safely: A Report to the Nation (August 2012) Injury rates among pedestrians 16 to 19 years old are up – what’s keeping them distracted? Safe Kids Worldwide looks at the trends in “Walking Safely: A Report to the Nation” (August 2012).

How Does a Teen Cross the Road Infographic

A Matter of Life and Death: 20 mph vs. 30 mph vs. 40 mph - how increased speed increases stopping distance.

Other Helpful Data Sources
MS Department of Public Safety Data Laboratory