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11:56 am
Mon February 22, 2010

Teen Fatalities Down

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. fatalities drop since teen licenses limited

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A new study shows that, since the passage of Oklahoma's graduated driver's license law in 1999, the number of fatality crashes involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers has dropped from 75 in 2000 to a low of 39 in 2008.

The numbers include wrecks that killed teens and others where a 16- or 17-year-old was behind the wheel of at least one of the vehicles involved.

Although the 2009 totals are not available, officials say preliminary data indicates there were 38 fatal crashes last year involving drivers ages 16 and 17, which would be a new low.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com