Teen drivers are getting into fewer accidents in Massachusetts. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro
The number of accidents involving newly licensed teenage drivers in Massachusetts is dropping.
In 2007, Massachusetts raised the amount of required training for teens and stiffened penalties for traffic infractions. Since then, the number of accidents has been cut nearly in half, the Boston Globe reports.
But the new data isn't due to teens driving in a more careful manner, according to the Globe. It's simply because fewer teens are actually licensed and on the road.
“When they are not driving, they are not going to crash,” Anne T. McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, told the Globe.
Drivers between 16 and 17 years old were involved in just over 6,400 crashes reported to Massachusetts police last year, compared with 12,673 in 2006, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Transportation.
Despite the lower numbers, drivers under 18 still remain nearly three times more likely to be involved in a crash than older drivers, the Globe's analysis of the data shows.