The latest report from the American Automobile Association – Minnesota shows that teen drivers increase the risk for everyone on the roadway, especially if they are bringing teen passengers along for the ride.

“When a teen has a teen passenger in the vehicle with him, the fatality rate increases 51 percent,” said AAA’s Mark Peterson.

Peterson added that it’s, in part, due to inexperience and also, “Distractions. Our cars are becoming increasingly complex and there’s more and more, for lack of a better term, gadgets, and things that are in a car.”

When passengers 35 and older are in the car with a teen driver, Peterson said fatality rates decreased by eight percent.

He’s urging parents to set a good example for safe and responsible driving and to set specific rules about not driving distracted.