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      Risks increase when teens drive with teens

      Cars driving down Slappey Blvd. in Albany.

      Research conducted by AAA reveals the risk teens take when driving with their peers.

      According to a traffic safety study conducted by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety, risky behavior among 16 and 17-year-olds who were involved in fatal car crashes increased when teen passengers were on board.

      Motor vehicle crashes rank as the leading cause of death for teens.

      The study shows when teens are driving and riding with peers, speeding increased from 30 percent to 44 percent.

      It is also revealed that alcohol use went up from 13 percent to 17.

      AAA highly recommends in the beginning stages that teenagers have no known teenaged peers in the vehicle with them. We basically encourage more parental involvement, says John Pecchio, AAA Traffic Safety Manager.

      Those with AAA say states should adopt a three-stage graduated license program that requires teen drivers to reach certain milestones before gaining a license and driving alone.