Teens at more risk when driving with friends - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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.

Copyright 2013 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Oregon beats Kansas 74-60 to punch Final Four ticket

    Oregon beats Kansas 74-60 to punch Final Four ticket

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:28 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:28:57 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:41 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:41:04 GMT

    Tyler Dorsey poured in 27 points, Dillon Brooks added 17 and plucky Oregon ended Kansas' romp through the NCAA Tournament with a 74-60 victory Saturday night that gave the Ducks their first Final Four trip in...

    Tyler Dorsey poured in 27 points, Dillon Brooks added 17 and plucky Oregon ended Kansas' romp through the NCAA Tournament with a 74-60 victory Saturday night that gave the Ducks their first Final Four trip in nearly 80 years.

  • Gonzaga beats Xavier 83-59 to reach first Final Four

    Gonzaga beats Xavier 83-59 to reach first Final Four

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:50:33 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:50:33 GMT

    Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points while orchestrating Gonzaga's efficient offense, and the Zags finally shook their overrated tag by routing Xavier 83-59 to reach the Final Four for the first time.

    Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points while orchestrating Gonzaga's efficient offense, and the Zags finally shook their overrated tag by routing Xavier 83-59 to reach the Final Four for the first time.

  • Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

    Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

    Saturday, March 25 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-03-26 00:08:54 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-03-26 00:08:54 GMT

    The failure of House Republicans to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law was nothing short of an epic, self-inflicted collapse.

    The failure of House Republicans to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law was nothing short of an epic, self-inflicted collapse.

Powered by Frankly