Reports says PA law changes made in 2012 are helping.
Sunday, April 7
While accidents are up, changes to the state's driving laws seem to be improving the loss of teens' lives with stricter rules about passenger limitations and expanded training hours for teen drivers. "While overall highway deaths increased in Pennsylvania last year, teen driver fatalities decreased during what was the first full year of a tougher state law," said an article in the Times Herald. According to the article, Pennsylvania’s 16- and 17-year-old driver fatalities "dropped to 44 last year, 22 fewer than in 2011, according to crash data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation." In Montgomery County, 44 people died in crashes last year. There were 8,397 crashes reported in Montgomery County during 2012, according …
Students heard from Dr. Bryan Kane, of the Lehigh Valley Hospital, as part of "Project Ignition."
"The thing I need everyone in this auditorium to understand are these three things: for every American between the ages of 1 and 42, the leading cause of death is trauma. So that's your siblings, your cousins, and probably some of your teachers." That was the sharp statistic Dr. Bryan Kane, of Lehigh Valley Hospital's trauma ward, used to start his presentation on the dangers of driving in front of hundreds of students in the Upper Dublin High School gymnasium Thursday morning. "Of those Americans that will die because of trauma, the vast majority will die in a motor vehicle crash," Kane continued. "And for each and every high school student in the United States, the leading cause of death is a motor vehicle crash." A bit scary? Perhaps. …