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Keep teen drivers safe



Published: Thu, July 10, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

South Bend (Ind.) Tribune: A recent study shows Indiana is the worst state in the country when it comes to teen driver fatalities.

The study, done by WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranks Indiana 50th behind Kentucky and New Mexico when it comes to the worst teen driver fatality rate.

There are 33 times more teen driver fatalities per licensed teen drivers in Indiana than in Utah, which ranked the best in the study.

Safety conditions, economic environment and the driving laws of each state were some of the metrics considered for establishing the rankings.

Indiana’s ranking may also be the result of weaker laws and weaker enforcement of those laws compared with other states, according to a spokesman for the study.

Experts say young drivers tend to overestimate their own driving abilities and, at the same time, underestimate the dangers on the road.

Blink of an eye

Teens oftentimes believe they are invincible, that nothing bad will happen to them. But their parents know that’s not the case and that lives can change in the blink of eye, especially when a driver is distracted or under the influence.

Parents must set good examples for their children and not do the very things that are distracting to teen drivers — texting and talking on the phone.


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