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New York ranks as top state for teen drivers

Rochester Business Journal
June 17, 2014

New York has been ranked the best place for teen drivers, a new report from WalletHub shows.

Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers compares driving conditions for teens in the 50 states based on 16 key metrics. New York ranked first overall, while South Dakota ranked 50th.

WalletHub—a social website launched by Evolution Finance that offers financial tools and information for consumers and small business owners—ranked New York second for its safety conditions and seventh for its economic environment.

New York ranked first for its driving laws, including ranking first for its impaired driving laws and distracted-driving/texting-while-driving laws.

Indiana has the lowest percent of teen population with driver’s licenses; New York ranked third in the category. The lowest average cost of car repairs is in Vermont, while the highest is in New Jersey.

The highest number of teen “under the influence” traffic violations per licensed teen drivers in in New Mexico, while the lowest is in Alabama. The most teen-driver fatalities per licensed teen driver are in Indiana.

WalletHub noted motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 16 to 19 and teen-agers have the highest crash rate of any age group.

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