REWATCH: Panel of experts take on the dangers of teen driving

Dangers of teen driving

(WWBT) - Getting a driver's license is a rite of passage for many teenagers. It brings them freedom and a step closer to adulthood. But did you know crashes are the leading cause of death among teens?

In 2015, 2,333 teens between ages 16 and 19 were killed in the United States while driving, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Another 235,845 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained in a crash.

During this week's Digital Dialogue, our panel of experts zeroed in on teen driving.


On our panel were:

  • Martha Mitchell Meade, the Manager Public and Government Affairs for AAA
  • Melanie Stokes, the Media & Outreach Program Manager for the DMV's Virginia Highway Safety Office
  • Sergeant Keeli Hill, the Public Information Officer for the Virginia State Police
  • Trooper Mark Walsh, of the Virginia State Police's Motorcycle Unit.

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