California drivers may be less safe on the roads than they were in previous years, and this is even more true for teenagers. Early figures for 2016 show that after a 7.2 percent increase in traffic fatalities between 2014 and 2015, deaths from motor vehicle accidents are continuing to rise. This comes after numbers were dropping between 2007 and 2014. Teens are considered especially vulnerable with almost three times as much likelihood of being killed in a traffic accident compared to other age groups.
Eliminating all traffic fatalities may seem like an impossible goal to some California residents. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation has set a goal of achieving zero traffic fatalities within the next 30 years. On Oct. 5, DOT officials announced the department's goal and explained its plan for reaching it.