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Teens at more risk when driving with friends

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A new study finds that teenagers driving with their peers are at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal crash.

Researchers with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute analyzed 10 years worth of national traffic data.

They found that 15 to 17-year-old drivers are nearly eight times as likely to get into a fatal accident when they have two or more teen passengers.

The study shows that their brains have not completely developed, making them more easily distracted and likely to take more risks behind the wheel.

The study also found that drivers age 19 and under are three times more likely to die in accidents.

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