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by on March 3, 2013

CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There is a disturbing trend involving teen drivers. A sharp increase in fatalities has highway officials wondering why.

Tim Williams has more.

Deaths of younger teen drivers increased sharply in the first six months of 2012. It reverses a decade-long trend followed by state highway safety officials.

“Because it certainly relates to teens, it’s obviously a concern to us,” said Ragina Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic.

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The study was conducted by the governor’s Highway Safety Association. Preliminary data indicates overall, 16 and 17-year-old driver deaths increased from 202 to 240, a 19 percent jump.

AAA Mid-Atlantic weighs in on the findings.

“While there were significant strides across the country and certainly here in Maryland to strengthen graduated driver’s licensing laws, we haven’t seen much movement in the past few years so that’s probably one of the reasons why we’re sort of seeing a leveling off,” Averella said.

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