Fewer Teens Dying in Traffic Crashes

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Fewer teens are dying in traffic crashes in Colorado, according to new information released by the Department of Transportation.

Transportation officials say 66 teen drivers and passengers were killed in 2006, while preliminary numbers from 2007 show 43 teens died in traffic crashes--a 34 percent drop.

Governor Ritter and safety officials credit safe driving education, seatbelt enforcement, and the strengthening of licensing laws.

CDOT says it is still worried about the age group because teens are the least likely to buckle up. It says two out of three teens killed in crashes were not wearing seatbelts.

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