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Feb 26, 2013 3:55 PM

Report Shows Disturbing Trend Among Teen Traffic Deaths

The number of Kentucky teenagers killed in car accidents spiked in the first half of 2012 according to a new report released Tuesday that reveals a startling trend.

Two teenagers died in a crash on Mike Brown Road in Spencer County back in January 2012. Michaella Monroe, 16, and 17-year-old Shelby Bockting were the victims. Now, according to a survey by the Governor's Highway Safety Association, it appears the two girls are part of a disturbing new trend.

For the youngest drivers on the road - 16- and 17-year-olds - driving deaths across the country spiked nearly 20% between 2011 and 2012. 201 sixteen and seventeen-year-olds died in crashes in the first six months of 2011. In 2012, that number jumped to 240.

In Kentucky, the numbers jumped from 6 to 12.

Billy Fryer has been a driving instructor for over 30 years. With the Fayette County Attorney's Office Driver Education Program, Fryer says he's doing all he can to get teens to slow down and focus. "They don't understand how fast they're going," he said.

In the case of the Spencer County crash, speed was among the factors, police say.

The numbers released Tuesday are only from the first half of 2012. The rest of the 2012 numbers will come in later this year.

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