California ranks 17th nationwide for the most fatal car crashes where teen drivers were carrying teenage passengers. AAA says in a five-year period from 2005-2010, 259 California teenagers were in a fatal car crash while carrying at least one teenage passenger. The study says that's more than 40-percent of the crashes involving teen drivers.
Cynthia Harris is with AAA Northern California. The organization is urging parents to be stricter in enforcing their children's driving habits, "We know that teen drivers with other peers in the car are more likely to exhibit risky behavior. There's going to be more distractions, loud music, in some cases drinking."
AAA is encouraging states to follow California's licensing program for teens, which includes a year-long ban from transporting other teenagers unless an adult is present.