Oregon and Washington Teens Fare Better Than Most.
The most recent study from The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) examined deaths of 16 and 17-year-old drivers, finding an 11 percent increase over the previous year.
By 2012, traffic deaths of 16 and 17-year old drivers spiked 19 percent nationally. Traffic crashes remain the number one cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds in Oregon and across the nation.
These numbers are particularly disturbing since, in previous years, traffic deaths among these age groups were going down. The typical downward trend seen previously was attributed to states implementing graduated licenses.