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Scott County IA Sheriff's Office
Thursday October 14th, 2010 :: 02:49 p.m. CDT


Everyone knows young people are the future of our nation, but it's becoming increasingly clear the future of young people on the nation's highways isn't quite so rosy. This is particularly true now that all manner of electronic devices are vying for the attention of young drivers over the act of driving itself. "Far too often, the devices are winning, and our kids are losing," says Larry Sauer, Bureau Chief, Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau.

While no one is immune to driving distractions supplied by the electronic gizmos they are bringing into their vehicles, teens seem to be particularly susceptible to the feverish pace of texting. National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), October 17-24, 2010, is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the road.

This year's theme is "Reducing Distractions." Distractions, including friends as passengers, are the number one reason new drivers crash. Incidentally, motor vehicle crashes is also the number one cause of death for adolescents. Additionally, texting while driving and the use of electronic devices while driving are an emerging cause of both crashes and fatalities.

Iowa statistics:

* In 2009, 41 young people ages 15-20 were killed in fatal crashes. This number is 7 less, or a 15% decrease, from the 2008 fatality number of 48.
* From 2000-2009, nearly 850 people ages 16-24 were killed in traffic crashes.
* During the 2000-2009 calendar years, over 4,600, 16-24 year olds were seriously injured in traffic crashes.
* Additionally, drivers ages 16-24 typically represent over 30% of all drinking/impaired drivers in fatal and serious injury crashes.

Please contact your county sheriff's office or local police department for local crash statistics.

Scott County IA Sheriff's Office
400 West 4th Street
Davenport, IA 52801

Emergency: 9-1-1

Dennis Conard
Scott County Sheriff's Office

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