Published: Oct 19, 2010 1:04 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 19, 2010 10:05 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Traffic crashes are the #1 killer of teens in Florida and in the United States. The Florida Department of Transportation is asking you to wear white today to help "white out" teen crashes.

"The number of teens who died in traffic crashes dropped 21 percent between 2008 and 2009, which signals that Florida is heading in the right direction," said DHSMV Executive Director Julie Jones. "Despite the decline, 153 families felt the impact last year when they lost their teens to crashes. No one wants to see someone with their whole life ahead of them die, especially when the cause of death is preventable."

Teens (ages 15 - 19) have the highest crash rate of any age group in Florida. Below are statistics from the Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report 2009 that provide some additional insight.

-772,910 teens are licensed to drive in the Sunshine State.

-29,485 crashes involved teens last year.

- 153 teens died.

- 19,292 teens were injured.

-Florida's teen drivers are twice as likely to crash as their parents and three times as likely to crash as their grandparents.

-Teens represent five percent of Florida's driving population, but they are involved in more than nine percent of Florida's vehicle crashes.