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Here at the Injuryboard we’ve spent a lot of time on the issue of teen drivers. Hopefully, some of the advice is sinking in and it’s helping. If it saves the life of some unknown teen that is excellent.

The news this week suggest both some good and bad results:

-There is still low use of seat belts by teens in rural Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety found that only about 23 percent of teens who were killed or seriously injured in the Ottertail county were wearing seat belts.

– The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found that the number of teen highway deaths has declined nearly 17 percent between 2008 and 2009. This is a difference of almost 500 lives.

I was hoping to see as kids that have been using belts grow into drivers we will see the use continue and a bigger drop in the numbers of road deaths.

Couple of past posts that are worth checking out:

Does Minnesota Need A Teen Driver Safety Week? Mike Bryant | April 27, 2010 9:19 AM

Teens Put Together Seatbelt Videos Worth Watching, Mike Bryant | May 17, 2009 9:32 PM

When Should Teens Drive?, Mike Bryant | September 10, 2008 5:40 PM

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