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Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens today. So it really does matter which states take teen driving seriously--from enacting state laws that protect teenagers to doing whatever is possible to make the roads safer for them.

Allstate Insurance Company ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on a range of driving safety factors specifically affecting young drivers, including accident and road quality statistics, as well as each state's driving and safety laws for everything from seat belts to cell phones.

The states ranked from best to worst for teen drivers:
1. District of Columbia
2. California
3. Colorado
4. Maryland
5. Illinois
6. New Jersey
7. Oregon
8. Minnesota
9. Utah
10. Washington

11. Arkansas
12. Tennessee
13. Louisiana
14. New York
15. North Carolina
16. Alaska
17. Delaware
18. Rhode Island
19. Georgia
20. New Hampshire

21. Florida
22. Connecticut
23. Nevada
24. Massachusetts
25. New Mexico
26. Hawaii
27. Arizona
28. Kentucky
29. Texas
30. Maine

31. Ohio
32. Alabama
33. Virginia
34. South Carolina
35. Michigan
36. Missouri
37. Pennsylvania
38. Indiana
39. Nebraska
40. Mississippi

41. Wisconsin
42. Vermont
43. Montana
44. West Virginia
45. Idaho
46. Kansas
47. Oklahoma
48. Wyoming
49. Iowa
50. North Dakota
51. South Dakota

Interesting facts:

  • 82 percent of driving teens claim to use cell phones while driving, and 49 percent admit to being extremely distracted by texting and instant messaging while driving.

  • 61 percent of teens worry about getting into a car crash.

  • 65 percent of teens think of themselves as a good driver who pays attention.

  • 81 percent of teens said their parents have the most influence on their driving.

--From the Editors at Netscape

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