Highways: The Young Killers

"It hit us like a torpedo," says Dr. Stanley H. Schuman, member of a four-man team of doctors and social scientists that has just finished a study of young male drivers for the University of Michigan. "Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young men between 16 and 24. Although young male drivers amount to only one-eighth of all registered drivers, they are responsible for a third of all fatal accidents." As a result, they are being killed in epidemic proportions. Last year the total was 12,200—more than double the...

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