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Comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)

previous Teen Deaths in Crashes By State
  • We calculated the average annual crash fatality rate for two time periods, 2005-06 and 2009-10. Then we ranked states according to their 2009-10 fatality rate into four groups, from the lowest (best) rate to the highest (worst rate).
  • Fatality rates for 15 to 19-year-old drivers and their same age passengers by state vary significantly. In 2009-10, the average ranged from a low of 3.9 deaths per 100,000 teens in Massachusetts to a high of 29.1 deaths per 100,000 in Montana.
  • States with comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws generally have lower teen fatality rates than those with less robust GDL laws.
Source:
FARS and Population Estimates by State, Bureau of the Census, US Department of Commerce. The Intercensal Population Estimates (July 1, 2011) provide a consistent time series of population estimates that reflect the most recent 2010 census results.
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