Teen Facts

Go Driving Academy's goal is to change these statistics for teens in Clarksville-Montgomery County and middle TN. We promise to provide your teen with the skills and knowledge that may keep them safe from a serious crash.

We stress use of seat belts, avoiding distractions, staying within the speed limit, keeping plenty of space between them and other drivers, and overall responsible and defensive driving.

DISTRACTED TEEN DRIVERS

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on American roadways. In 2010 alone, over 3000 people were killed and 416,000 were injured in distracted driving crashes. 11% of all drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. 40% of all teens in the U.S. say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. Drivers using cell phones are 4 times more likely to be in an injury vehicle crash. Texting while driving creates 23 times more risk.  For more information, visit http://www.davidgordonlaw.com/notextzonetn/ on the latest about cellphone use and fatal car accidents in Tennessee.

TEEN SEAT BELT USAGE

Teens have a lower seat belt usage rate than adults according to the National Highway Transportation Safey Administration (NHTSA). Nationally in 2009, 56% of young people (ages 16-20) who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were found not to have been wearing their seat belt. NHTSA reports that young males, pickup truck drivers and passengers, as well as people living in rural areas are among those least likely to buckle up.

TEENS AND ALCOHOL/DRUGS

Nationally in 2006, 25% of young drivers ages 15-20 who were killed in crashes had Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels of .08% or higher at the time of the crash.

This is an age group that isn't allowed by law to have any alcohol at all.