EUGENE, Ore. - Cars and kids can be a deadly mix.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among American teenagers.
But Oregon teens may trend safer than their peers in most other states.
A new report by the personal finance Web site WalletHub attempted to compile a list of the best and worst states for teen drivers overall.
In addition to teen driver fatalities, criteria taken into account include:
- the rate of teen violations for driving under the influence;
- the number of teen drivers and miles traveled per capita;
- whether a state has strong traffic laws, including provisions against texting while driving; and
- factors such as the cost of car repairs and insurance
Overall, WalletHub ranks these as the worst states for teen drivers:
50. South Dakota
And these states ranked best overall:
1. New York
5. Rhode Island