The Ohio Highway Patrol says speeding was a factor in 58 percent of crashes caused by juvenile drivers from 2006 to 2008, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. During this three-year period, 16- and 17-year-old drivers, or 15-year-olds with learner’s permits in a few cases, were to blame in 61,784 traffic crashes. Police said those accidents resulted in 27,838 injured and 212 people killed on Ohio roadways.
Sgt. Richard Reeder said the sobering statistics should make teenagers think twice before breaking the speed limit. “This shows that we need to continue our efforts to train these young drivers, to educate them about what happens if they don’t obey the traffic laws,” he said. “I would suggest that parents allow teenagers to drive with them in the car, so they can observe the young drivers and offer criticism.”