(Wyoming) According to the CDC, car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers, accounting for 33% of teen deaths. A new report issued by carinsurance.com
lists the national average as .5 teen driving deaths per every 100,000
residents. Using that math, Wyoming comes in near the bottom of the list of
states that are safe for young drivers.
Montana was rated the worst, with their teen fatality rate nearly three
times the average. Wyoming was ranked 45th, with .9 deaths per 100,000
people. North and South Dakota were also ranked in the bottom 5 states.
The website estimates that Wyoming and the surrounding states could improve
those stats by at least 40% if they were to adopt stricter graduated
drivers license programs.
But also an important factor in accidents involving high school students,
according to the CDC, is texting and driving, and drinking and driving.
Wyoming teens are more likely to be driving and using their phones instead
of focusing on the road. Over 50% of teens surveyed in crashes were found
to have been texting.
They're also driving under the influence or with someone who has been
drinking more than other parts of the country, putting Wyoming in the top
ten states with the most teen drivers drinking.
Six out of 10 teen car crashes involve driver distraction, according to
research by AAA.
*Photo h/t Jackson Buckrail coverage of the Teton County SLAM Event
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