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AL at the top of the list in teen driving deaths


More and more teen drivers are dying on the road. It's a national problem, but it's especially a problem in Alabama.

Alabama state ranks number two in the nation when it comes to teen driver deaths.

Alabama doctors are joining in the fight to bring that number down.

The Alabama Academy of Pediatrics was given a grant to create a safe driving tool kit for teens. Inside of the kit, a fact sheet, a parent teen agreement and a driving log. Over 100 packets have already been handed out

The state has also stepped up when it comes to preventing teen deaths on the road. Most teens who die in car crashes are passengers in a car that another teen is driving. That's where the Graduated Driver's License Law comes in. It was passed in 2010. The law essentially says 16 and 17 year olds in Alabama cannot have more than one other teen in the car when they are driving.

The leading causes of teen driving deaths are alcohol, not wearing a seat belt and distracted driving.

You can pick up on of the safe driving packets at your pediatricians office.

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