This week, the third week of October, is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Singer Jesse McCartney, whose friend was killed in a drunk driving accident in 2003, partnered up with State Farm to bring awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.
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J-14 got to exclusively chat with Jesse and he wanted to give J-14ers a shout out on why it's important to only focus on one thing while driving -- the road.
Click here to read more staggering facts about teen driving.
If you drive, what do you do to make sure you don't get distracted on the road?
â€¢ Automotive crashes remain the number one cause of death among teenagers in the United States
â€¢ Approximately 5,000 teens die in car crashes each year
â€¢ In their first year on the road, teens are almost 10 times more likely to be in a crash
â€¢ State Farm claims data shows October as the deadliest month for teen drivers
â€¢ Teen drivers die at four times the rate of adult drivers
â€¢ Approximately two-thirds of teen passenger deaths occur when other teenagers are driving
â€¢ Crashes are more common among young drivers than any other age group. In the United States, 1 in 4 crash fatalities involve someone 16 to 24 years old, nearly twice as high as other age groups
â€¢ With an increased amount of distractions, teens are at an alarmingly high risk to become involved in a car accident
â€¢ The National Safety Council estimates 200,000 crashes each year are caused by drivers who are texting
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