Alabama Aims To Lower Teen Driving Deaths

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Alabama has the nation's second-highest death rate for teenagers killed in automobile accidents, but a new program aimed at young drivers will seek to reduce those troubling numbers.

The Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians is teaming up with Allstate Insurance on a statewide initiative to lower the teen death rate through education.

Allstate's $25,000 grant will provide pediatricians with tools and resources to discuss safe driving habits with their teenage patients. Recent figures show that nearly 4,000 U.S. teenagers die in roadway accidents every year.

Alabama State Trooper Curtis Summerville said the program is a good one.

""They [teenagers] are brand new drivers, and sometimes they have that feeling that it won't happen to them, it will happen to someone else," said Summerville. "Any educational system we can get from anyone is certainly a plus for us."

Allstate officials said some of the topics doctors will discuss with teens include drinking and drug use, seat belts, and high-tech distractions like texting.