More new drivers are dying behind the wheel in ArizonaPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- For the first time in eight years, the number of brand-new drivers dying behind the wheel in Arizona is up.
A new study shows an increase in deaths for 16- and 17-year-olds in Arizona and 22 other states.
The usual suspects are to blame -- a lack of experience when it comes to defensive driving and being distracted by cell phones and other technology.
We took the report to a teen driver and a parent a neither was surprised.
"They have their friends in the car, they have the radio on, they have the phone and texting, so yeah, not surprising," said Raquel Wightman, parent of a teen driver.
"I'm sure there's a bigger number of younger people getting into accidents," said 18-year-old Alex Cortez. "But that's just younger people being young people doing dumb things."
Car crashes are still the number one killer of American teens.