Montana, N.D. Most Dangerous States for Teen Drivers

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May 4, 2017—Recent research by found that Montana and North Dakota have the most dangerous driving environments for teenagers. Maryland and New York, conversely, featured the safest driving environments for teens, according to the analysis. examined teen driver safety and insurance costs by state to determine which states are the safest for teen drivers. All told, analyzed five teen driving metrics: number of teen driver fatalities per 100,000 in population; effectiveness of Graduated Driving License components; teen drinking and driving rates; teen emailing/texting and driving rates; average annual insurance costs for teen drivers, which is considered a reflection of the risk level for the driving group.

The most dangerous states for teen drivers are as follows:

  • 51. Montana
  • 50. North Dakota
  • 49. Kansas
  • 48. Wyoming
  • 47. Alabama

The safest states for teen drivers were:

  • 1. Maryland
  • 2. New York
  • 3. Pennsylvania
  • 4. Connecticut
  • 5. Massachusetts

According to 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration findings, young drivers were involved in 1,886 fatal accidents, representing a 9 percent jump from the year prior.

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