Make us your home page

Study: Tampa Bay deadliest metro area for teen drivers

Some sobering news for the parents of teenage drivers in Florida:

The Tampa Bay area, Orlando and Jacksonville are ranked
Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, as the deadliest metro areas in America for drivers ages 16 to 19, according to a study released Monday by Allstate.

Not wearing a seat belt was the No. 1 contributing factor in all three Florida cities, said Allstate spokeswoman Megan Brunet, followed by speeding, alcohol use and drug use.

The study combined recent federal crash statistics and Allstate claims data to come up with a rate of fatal accidents involving teens. Allstate is the second-largest auto insurer in Florida and in the nation, behind only State Farm. Auto insurers as a group have been actively pushing online education programs targeted to teens with the lure of getting premium discounts.

Among the other national statistics compiled by Allstate:

• Car crashes are the top killer of teenagers in America, resulting in nearly 6,000 deaths and 300,000 injuries each year.

• Despite safer cars, better roads and decades of safe-driving programs, the rate of teen driving fatalities has not changed significantly in more than a decade.

• In 2006, 62 percent of teen passenger deaths occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager.

• Adding just one passenger to a teen driver's car doubles the risk of a crash, and that risk increases proportionally with the number of teenage passengers.

The best thing parents can do to try to keep their kids safe is to lead by example, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Capt. Mark Welch.

"If you don't wear your seat belt, you can't expect your child to wear his," he said.

Tom Zucco can be reached at or (727) 893-8247.

Study: Tampa Bay deadliest metro area for teen drivers 06/09/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 6:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Starbucks to close all Teavana locations, including five in Tampa Bay


    Local Teavana locations include Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg, International Plaza and Westfield Citrus Park in Tampa, Brandon and Clearwater.

    Starbucks announced Thursday plans to shut down all 379 Teavana stores, citing "underperformance." Starbucks acquired the mall-based tea chain for $620 million in 2012. [ CANDICE CHOI | AP file photo]
  2. Trigaux: Closing Iron Yard coding school hits area tech hard but leaders talk of options


    The coming shutdown this fall of the Iron Yard software coding school in downtown St. Petersburg — announced this month as part of a national closing of all 15 Iron Yard locations — remains a shocking event to a Tampa Bay technology community that dreams big of becoming a major player in the Southeast if not …

    In better days last fall, friends and family of graduates at The Iron Yard, based in the Station House in downtown St. Petersburg, applaud during "Demo Day" when grads of the coding school show off their skills. Despite the local success and strong job placement by the coding school, The Iron Yard is closing all of its 15 locations across the country this summer. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  3. U.S. economy gathers steam in second quarter


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy revved up this spring after a weak start to the year, fueled by strong consumer spending. But the growth spurt still fell short of the optimistic goals President Donald Trump hopes to achieve through tax cuts and regulatory relief.

    A government report released Friday showed economic output picked up in the second quarter. 
[Associated Press file photo]
  4. Founder of Tampa home sharing platform questions Airbnb, NAACP partnership


    TAMPA — A Tampa rival to Airbnb, which was launched because of discrimination complaints on the dominant home sharing platform, has concerns about the new partnership between Airbnb and NAACP announced this week.

    Rohan Gilkes poses for a portrait at his home and business headquarters in Tampa. 

Innclusive, a Tampa-based start-up, is a home-sharing platform that focuses on providing a positive traveling experience for minorities. [CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]
  5. Appointments at Port Tampa Bay and Tampa General Medical Group highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers



    Port Tampa Bay announced that Jamal Sowell has been named director of special projects. Sowell, a former member of the U.S.Marine Corps, will support internal, external and special projects, assist the executive team with management oversight and serve as a liaison on a variety of port …

    Port Tampa Bay announced this week that Jamal Sowell has been named director of special projects. [Handout photo]