Teen driving deaths down in Alabama

In 2011, Alabama had 54 teens die in motor vehicle crashes involving at-fault teen drivers, down from 96 in 2010, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Officials say the decrease in fatalities can be attributed to Alabama's graduated driver license law, public awareness, driver education courses, seat belt usage and tough law enforcement patrolsas well as other safety initiatives.

State agencies continue to work toward increased teen driver safety in Alabama and Governor Robert Bentley has proclaimed Oct. 14-20 as National Teen Driver Safety Week in Alabama.

A total of 19,022 teens statewide were involved in motor vehicle crashes with teen drivers in 2011, an increase of 1,181 from 2010.{} However, injuries decreased in 2011 to 2,749 compared to 5,940 in 2010.

Additionally from 2010 to 2011, there was a decrease in the total of motor vehicle crashes, fatalities and injuries involving teen drivers in Alabama.