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Teenage Driving Deaths Soar Nationally

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Car crashes are the leading killer of American teens and a new report shows they're becoming even deadlier.

According to a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, in the first six months of 2012, there was a 19% increase in the number of 16 and 17-year-old drivers killed in car accidents, compared to the same time in 2011.

There is good news for Nevada, though. The same report shows the Silver State had no driver fatalities among 16 and 17-year-olds in the first six months of 2012 or 2011.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said the new numbers are great, but they are still seeing plenty of people breaking the law while behind the wheel.

"Such as carrying on these conversations in the car, looking at our cell phones, answering an email, talking on the cell phone. If we can reduce those types of activities in a motor vehicle, especially when we're talking about young drivers, we are going to reduce our injury and death rates on the highways."

If you are concerned about your child getting behind the wheel, there's a class coming up at Reno-Stead Airport. One of the organizers, Gary Webster, said it's always well worth it.

"The kids are glad they went, they learn a lot and so are the parents. If you figure in the cost of how much an accident would cost, which is thousands of dollars, it's a pretty good deal."

If you want to go, the Tire Rack Street Survival Teen Driving School will be held at the Reno-Stead Airport Saturday, March 16th from 8:30am-4:30pm. It costs $75 per person.

You must be between the ages of 15 and 21 and have a permit or driver's License.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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