Between the months of January and June, driving deaths among 16 & 17-year-olds went up in the state of Kentucky in 2012. That's according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. It's just another reason that young drivers need to be extra careful on the roads.
"Especially for teens that don't have the experience of handling situations. They need to be attentive 100% of the time." said Marcus Kingrey of Barren County Community Education.
"The problem right off the bat is just the lack of experience. Not knowing what to do when situations come up. As long as nothing is going on that's unusual, a 16-year-old can drive as well as anybody else." commented Ralph Dillihay, a Agency Field Executive with State Farm Insurance.
Comparing the numbers from 2012 to 2011 make the statistics look bleak, but in the overall scheme of things, they're still relatively low.
"The numbers are on a little bit of an uptick. That's never good when you're talking about teen fatalities, but when you look at the historical numbers, we're still considerably lower than we were just ten years ago. added Dillihay.
In fact, the number of deaths is down nearly 50% from 2002, but that doesn't mean the educators who teach these young drivers don' t hammer home the severity of what an accident could mean.
"We actually have people who come in and speak to the classes who cover accidents and deal with them, like the coroner, the fire department, the sheriff, and state troopers." said Kingrey.
Distracted driving is the number one source cited by experts as to why teens experiences wrecks on the road.