*Scientists are finding that an adolescent’s brain undergoes a previously unsuspected biological makeover – a massive growth of synaptic connections between brain cells. This surge kick starts a major renovation of the brain that doesn’t conclude until the mid-20s, when the brain, in effect, catches up to the fully matured body.
*An immature brain – trying mightily to cope with emotions, urges, poor judgment and risk taking – is a key factor in making motor-vehicle accidents the number one cause of death among adolescents and young adults.
*Researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute determined that eight out of 10 U.S. accidents are caused by distracted drivers . Specifically, cell phones accounted for the most distractions.
*Florida is only now considering a law that would prohibit those with learners’ permits – let alone all teens — from talking on cell phones while driving.