MARYLAND - Some shocking new information from AAA Mid-Atlantic.
The study, released Tuesday, shows the likelihood of a 16 or 17-year-old driver being killed in a crash, almost doubles when another teen is in the car. And it quadruples when carrying three or more teen passengers.
WMDT spoke to motorists who say the numbers might frighten parents more than the teens. "I'm thinking it's a good thing that they actually put it in writing," says Katerina Kulikova of Salisbury, "and have some facts to prove that."
"It's definitely more distracting," admits Kenneth O'Neil. "There's more going on than just paying attention to the road."
"I mean, that's true and all," says Heather Frost. "But I don't think the survey's going to do anything. It's just another survey, but it's true. When you have kids in the car, I don't pay attention as much as I would."
Caroline Bruton agrees, "I think they're going to do it anyway. They want to have fun with their friends."
Conversely, the study found having at least one passenger over the age of 35 reduces a teen driver's risk of death by 62 percent. If you're a parent looking for tips on how to deal with this issue with your teen, CLICK HERE for tips from AAA.