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An article in Readers Digest has investigated the issue of fatal car accidents and has ranked all 50 states to locate the safest, and least safe state for teenage drivers.

Here's how they ranked:

  1. the way drivers are licensed
  2. seat belt use
  3. DUI (driving under the influence)

Here are the results

  • Each year, more than 5,000 teenagers die on America's roadways.
  • The three states considered best for teen driving safety are: Alaska, California and Delaware.
  • Among the worst are Montana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

More Survey Results:

  • Speeding is a factor in 35% of crashes involving young drivers.
  • Cell phone use increases the crash risk by 300%.
  • Adding one passenger to a teen-driven car increases the fatal crash risk by 48%. Adding a second increases it by 158%.
  • During nighttime, teens drivers are three times more likely to die in a crash than during the day.
  • The younger the teen, the greater the risk. The crash rate for 16-year-olds is nearly double the rate for 19-year-olds.