According to a recent study, among crashes that have been attributed to a critical teen driver error, 21% of serious collisions involving teen drivers were due to speeding or driving too fast for conditions. When it comes to fatal crashes, in 2011, 51% of all fatal crashes with a teenager driving, speed was a major factor in the accident. Teens are more likely than older drivers to drive over the speed limit and to allow for a shorter stopping distance between vehicles. Teen males are more likely to speed than teen females, making them more likely to be involved in speed-related crashes.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a teen who was driving 100 m.p.h. caused a crash that injured an Atlanta Police officer.
Last week, an Atlanta Police officer pulled a driver over on I-75 to perform a traffic stop. The officer made the stop on I-75 North near Langford Parkway.
At the time the officer was conducting the stop, a teenager allegedly going 100 m.p.h. lost control of his vehicle and sped across six lanes of the interstate. He crashed into the patrol car, which trapped and injured the officer.
A witness who phoned 911 said, “The police officer appears to be injured.” The witness went on to say in the 911 recording, “And the idiot that was driving, I’m sure is injured as well.”
The incident happened on September 1st and ended with the officer being hospitalized. The teen, who was identified as Dionte Montrell Bradley, was jailed on several charges. He is facing more than a half-dozen traffic violations, which include reckless driving.
The officer was able to leave the hospital two days after the incident and began recovering at home.
Atlanta Police said that neither drugs nor alcohol are thought to have been a factor in the crash.
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