Teen driver fatalities lower in GA than nationwide

(WTVM) - Deaths are up among young teen drivers nationwide, but that's not the case in Georgia.

A new report shows that deaths of younger teen drivers increased sharply in the first six months of last year, reversing a decade-long trend. But in Georgia, fewer teens died during the time period.

The Governor's Highway Safety Association released the report Tuesday.

There were five deaths among 16 and 17-year-old drivers in the state during the first six months of 2012, which is down from six deaths during the first half of 2011.

Nationally, there were 107 drivers aged 16 who died between January and June of 2012, compared to 86 drivers during the first half of 2011.

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