Deaths of teen drivers jumped in early 2012

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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - Deaths of younger teen drivers increased sharply in the first six months of last year, reversing a decade-long trend, according to a report released Tuesday by state highway safety officials.

Deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers in traffic accidents in the first six months of 2012 were up a combined 19 percent over the same period in the previous year, according to the report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

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