"In our state, as a rural community for the most part, kids are driving earlier because of jobs and the fact they don't have public transportation," says Brewster.
The National Safety Council has these recommendations for safer teen driving:
- Require more practice hours for drivers.
- Restrict the number of passengers teens can carry in their cars.
- Restrict nighttime driving until age 18.
North Carolina already has some stringent driving laws. That has contributed to a drop in the number of teen fatalities over the past few years, but the numbers remain high.