Surprise, surprise! Young punks behind the wheel cause more accidents than older folks who are much more conservative in their driving ways.
What’s the best way to reduce traffic fatalities?
Reducing risky teenage driving and improving the safety of vehicles and roads are the most effective solutions – not screening out older drivers, a new national study concludes.
Those young whipper snappers are more likely to cause an accident adjusting their over-large pants that expose their backsides or while admiring their own disgusting facial piercings in the rear view mirror than older folks who are concentrating on the road ahead.
While driving ability declines with age for most people, “those seniors who continue to drive appear to be safer drivers than the general public might think,” said David Loughran, a RAND senior economist.
“By far, it is the youngest drivers who pose the greatest risk to traffic safety,” said Loughran, lead author of the study.
Too stupid to drive:
The RAND researchers looked at nationwide data on 330,000 two-car fatal accidents between 1975 and 2003.
- People 65 and older made up about 15 percent of licensed drivers, but caused about 7 percent of accidents, similar to Utah trends.
- People ages 15 to 24 were 13 percent of licensed drivers, but caused 43 percent of accidents. These younger drivers are 188 percent more likely to cause a crash than adult drivers under 65.
Do yourself a favor. When your teen gets his or her learner’s permit, tear it up and laugh heartily in their slackjawed faces. You’ll save uncountable innocent lives.