Though highway fatalities continue to decline overall as cars become safer and safer, a new trend in the opposite direction is beginning to emerge among younger drivers.

During the first six months of 2012, teen driver deaths increased 19 percent in the United States according to a study conducted by the Governor's Highway Safety Association. The study looked at data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Between January and June of last year, 107 16-year-olds and 133 17-year-olds were killed behind the wheel. That's an increase from 86 and 116 deaths, respectively, in 2011.

Between 2002 and 2010, the rate of new driver deaths declined steadily from 544 to 182 overall during the first six months of each year.

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