Teen drivers in Maine are more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than their older siblings or parents, reports the Sunday Telegram. The trend is one state and local officials continue to target with classes, initiatives and laws. The number of driver deaths, however, varies slightly from year to year, according to traffic data.
In 2004, drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 accounted for slightly more than 6 percent of all the state’s licensed drivers but were involved in nearly 22 percent of Maine’s fatal accidents. Statistics show young drivers in 2006 continue to be involved in fatal accidents at a disproportionate rate. Ten of the 38 fatal crashes this year involved drivers between the ages of 16 and 20.