Fatal crashes increase when teenage drivers have teenage passengers, according to new research.
The study released by the AAA showed that motor vehicle crashes is the No. 1 cause of teens dying. AAA Texas wants more teen awareness and parent involvement in student driving programs to curb the trend.
The new program will be implemented as part of the "Teen Driver Safety Week" from Oct. 14 through Oct. 20.
Teenage drivers face a number of safety challenges. They are involved in a higher number of crashes per mile than drivers of any other group. Drivers ages 16 to 17 are seven times more involved in crashes per mile driven than drivers in their 40s, 50s or 60s.
Teen drivers are over-represented in crashes that result in death among all others, such as their passengers, pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles.
More information is available online at TeenDriving.AAA.com.