• AAA study: Passengers up risk of teen driver fatalities

    For decades, parents have warned teens about driving with friends in the car.

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    A study released today by the American Automobile Association puts numbers behind those fears.

    The risk of 16- and 17-year-old drivers being killed in a crash increases with each additional passenger under 21, according to the report, "Teen Driver Risk in Relation to Age and Number of Passengers."

    According to the study, the fatality risk to 16- or 17-year-old drivers:

    • Increases 44% when carrying one passenger younger than 21 (and no older passengers).
    • Doubles when carrying two passengers younger than 21 (and no older passengers).
    • Quadruples when carrying three or more passengers younger than 21 (and no older passengers).
    • Carrying at least one passenger age 35 or older cuts a teen driver's risk of death by 62% and the risk of involvement in any police-reported crash by 46%.