Auto crashes are top killer of teenagers

More teens die each year in the U.S. from automobile crashes than any other cause, a group said Tuesday, and the national rate doubles among S.C. teens.

The South Carolina National Safety council said it wants Alive at 25, a defensive driving survival course for young drivers 16 to 24, to become available in all S.C. high schools. The program, which began at Dutch Fork High in April after three students were killed in car accidents, is available in less than a dozen schools. It is a 4.5-hour course taught by off-duty sheriff’s deputies and police officers, designed to help young drivers make better decisions behind the wheel.

Last year 315 young drivers were killed on S.C. roads, according to the safety council.