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New study: more teens in car, the more likely teen drivers wreck

In Kentucky, car crashes are considered one of the largest causes of teen deaths.

And in a new study that the AAA Safety Foundation released just this week, WKYT is learning that the more teens inside a car, the more likely a teen driver will wreck.

With summer fast approaching, teens will soon be out of school, and on the roads. Just this week AAA released its own study on teen driving, claiming the presence of other teens in a car can be just as distracting as a cell phone.

"If someone's texting behind the wheel, they're 23 times more likely to get involved in a car accident. It's worse than drunken driving," said Matt Reilly with the non-profit organization B.R.A.K.E.S.

"Teach the kids some new habits, some life skills that they we can teach them for a lifetime to keep them safer behind the wheel."

A study done by AAA shows teens are more likely to die in a crash when they're in a car with three or more fellow teenagers. The study also shows the likelihood of a teen crashing with an adult in the car with them is dramatically lower than if they're driving with just peers.


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