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Reducing Georgia Teen Traffic Deaths Requires Everyone’s Help

Too many Georgia teens die in motor vehicle crashes, leaving their families heartbroken and communities mourning the loss of such young lives. Although the state of Georgia has changed the teen licensing laws over the last several years, put Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) restrictions in place, adopted Joshua’s Law, put cell phone bans in place for young drivers, and requires seat belts use by all teens, teenage drivers are still dying in motor vehicle accidents. In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in Georgia.

While the state officials have adopted certain laws and restrictions to decrease teen deaths, there are still many teenagers dying in car accidents across this state. Recently, two high school graduates—Stephen Nolasco and Matthew Bennett—died in a Cobb County crash, and many more have died across metro Atlanta. In fact, Fulton County has the highest number of young driver fatalities in Georgia, followed by Cobb County.

Is there anything else that can be done to help reduce these teen fatalities?

  • The state of Georgia should require drivers 18 and older to take some form of driver training. As it stands now, teens who wait to get their license until they are 18 don’t have to have any driver education. Anyone who is getting their drivers license for the first time should have to take driver training behind the wheel.
  • The state should allow all teens the right to driver training, even those that are considered to be at-risk youth or those who have missed too many days of school. While the current law encourages teens to be in school in order to have access to driver training, all teens should gain experience behind the wheel in order to teach all young drivers safe driving habits.
  • Teens need to be talked to about the dangers of distracted driving. While there are laws in place prohibiting them from texting while driving or using a cell phone under the age of 18, some teen drivers participate in these dangerous behaviors anyways. Additionally, parents can install apps on smartphones to prevent their teens from using their cell phone or texting while driving.

With everyone from parents to teachers to lawmakers doing their part, teen fatalities across Georgia may be reduced. Until then, teen injuries and fatalities are still occurring every day. If your son or daughter was injured or killed in an Atlanta car crash due to no fault of their own, talk with an experienced Atlanta personal injury law firm for help seeking compensation and pursuing justice. Call for your free, no-obligation consultation at 770-HURT-999 today and learn more about your family’s rights.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia