According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one-third of deadly vehicle accidents happen during the night, with 57% of them happening before midnight. In fact, 31% of those deadly motor vehicle accidents involved 16-17 year old kids.

These statics have Federal Officials recommending stricter nighttime driving restrictions for teens. Critics believe the statistics are thought to be stemmed from teens’ lack of experience driving at night, combined with risky behavior such as drunk driving or speeding.

Tougher driving restrictions are already in place for 49 states. Unfortunately, 23 of the states choose only to enforce them after midnight. With 57% of accidents happening before midnight, it may be wise to enforce those restrictions a little earlier. These statistics are only for fatal vehicle accidents. Furthering these restrictions could potentially reduce the risk of personal injury statistics as well.