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It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week — and with good reason!

Car crashes are the main cause of teenage deaths every year. AAA has analyzed data on fatal car crashes and found that 16- and 17-year-old drivers are involved in seven times as many crashes as motorists 40 and over.

Even MORE alarming is that teenagers drive worse when they’re with other teens.

For instance, they are far more likely to speed when with their peers. And as you might expect, many of the fatal crashes that occurred took place at night between 11pm and 5am.

Of course, you have to wonder if any parent would allow their teens to drive during those hours!

The report also shows that drinking and driving is on the decline — but of the young teens involved in traffic fatalities from 2005 to 2010, 13 percent were driving alone while under the influence. The number was 18 percent when there were three or more teens on board.

Guess where teens learn their driving habits? Their parents!

Read the full article here and get the scoop on AAA’s graduated licensing program.

For more on teen driver safety programs, like the one sponsored by Bridgestone, click here.

A woman accused of drunkenly driving her car into a golf course sand trap told cops that her GPS device told her to do it.

Police say that it was more likely … the half liter of vodka that she admitted to drinking at around 10 a.m. that day — or maybe the large Burger King cup containing an alcoholic beverage that officers say was found in her car.

After the sandy stunt, officer Randy Lloyd said Patricia Maione, 46, told him her that her car’s GPS device had told her to “turn left,” according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Lloyd wrote in his report: “She stated that this left brought her into a ‘cornfield’ and once she was in the ‘cornfield’ she kept driving trying to get out of her ‘cornfield,'”

The officer added: “Ms. Maione stated that she did not even like golf.”

The police report says Maione failed an on-scene field sobriety test — she’s been charged with driving with a suspended license, fourth-degree drunken driving, negligent driving — aaaaaaand driving with an open container of alcohol in the car.

Don’t blame the GPS device!!!!