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It's we have to go down to DC where apparently there is department that said Brian Kelly editor of US news and world report him.
Did his great study on teens.
And the safest states for young drivers I found this fascinating because well I'm from New Jersey and we made the list.
Let me ask -- this first and foremost.
Texting phone calls all that stuff I mean kids are doing this way more than adults are they not.
As they are you know this is a new phenomenon really just in the last -- it's become particularly -- -- piece of it.
And it's one of the factors that -- looked -- we've looked at a variety of ways that.
Some states do better than others in terms of laws and and you know the condition of the roads.
But certainly texting is he's one of the new things some new -- are coming on the states that have a couple of seem to do a little bit better.
In the states that don't but I think it's gonna take us awhile to figure this one out yeah.
Brian you mentioned the methodology -- a lot of different factors that go into it.
The condition the roads -- there -- things like that would you have a city -- in the country -- in what was the methodology behind.
Fighting finding feel -- comparable across all fifty states.
Right we first you have to understand teen driving.
Accidents -- -- is the number one cause of death for sixteen to nineteen year old.
So it's a real problem and we should you know -- we take a systematic way of trying to understand some states do better than others.
And you can make fifty state comparisons on on the factors that we use.
That the kind of laws that states -- you know can you drive when you're sixteen or can you drive when your fourteen year you have to wait did.
I get a full license when you're eighteen -- big factor in some cases can drive at night.
Some states don't like kids.
Drive with with other you know teenagers in the car.
Obviously you -- texting is a big deal cellphone use.
Enforcement things like the condition of the roads is is actually a pretty important factor.
So you can do fifty state comparisons we've we've we've crunched together about eighteen different factors and come up with -- ranking.
Susan good number one -- Well number one interestingly is his Washington DC which is something of an aberration because it's we listed as a state that -- city.
They do have some very tough -- your I live in DC I have kids -- grown up and learn to drive here.
And he's he's really tough you get a you get a partial license when you're sixteen you have to drive an adult you can't have anybody in the car you can't drive after 9 o'clock.
So they're they're really pretty tough about it they also the advantage you know people drive that -- after that far increasingly California's number two play drive in California.
-- but there are some pretty good laws there some decent enforcement people you know if you look at again as a percentage of the population lots of people drive -- the fatality rates are lower.
So states like Maryland do very well you -- New Jersey Rangers actually does have some pretty tough wasn't it shows that they -- -- Kids on the road they -- they can do reasonably well a lot of mistakes and Brian the worst state was South Dakota.
Trying to explain that to us.
Well you know he's you can see this with a lot of western states the more rural state state let kids drive at a really early age.
Mean -- case that they are not as good about enforcing a lot of drinking and driving laws there.
You have big long stretches from Rhode you know the kid who was driving a tractor and suddenly driving a pickup truck with a couple Beers that's -- a problem waiting to happen.
So it's not.
Completely consistent but you do see that a lot of these more western -- state -- just a lot more lax about this and unfortunately resulted what did teenage.
Brian you said that car crashes -- the leading cause of death among teens today.
Are -- is it drunk driving is it texting phones what is there -- common denominator in the car crashes.
No combination clearly alcohol plays a role.
But a lot of it is distracted driving.
You know driving at night.
Six kids in the car you know.
You know that the CD player -- -- -- -- It's it's all the things that we worry about when we're parents.
As I do.
And you know you.
We just try to find some ways that we could we you know we can bring this down -- statistics but.
Behind it -- other stories as you suggest that physicians and -- you know some terrible tragedies.
-- -- -- US news.com forward slash teen drivers by the way the -- to have that right Brian.
Yes we've got it we have it on our magazine this month newsstands and also our website -- news.com.
A lot of data you can push around look and see how your state did out compares -- we talk a lot of detail some things you can do about it you know there are things that parents can do.
There's actually some technological fixes you know you've you've.
There's no big movement to try to make cars cell phone free zones.
There's some technical devices you can use to -- the phone off so.
I think this is really just becoming an emerging field where people becoming aware of the problem.
Our -- obviously with the US news behind it.
All stayed behind it and are you fighting that lawmakers are listening to what you have to say and and paying attention of these findings.
They are listening you know it's it's -- Allstate was was our sponsor on this and Allstate for a long time has been very involved in.
Safe driving campaigns there's a there's a federal law that they support.
On which would create -- this sort of a national licensing standard.
On the to deal with in congress right now a lot of people.
You know it's controversial because a lot of states say wait a minute we want the federal government telling us.
You know how to -- it would put -- driving driver license was in place in the -- of the movement on the other side so I think we're gonna see.
Some real could be very likely this session in congress on that law.
Frank quickly examined a few seconds dude.
-- and forcing kids to take defensive driving courses and things like that make a difference at the end of the day.
It does you know parents are are the number one.
You know source here for information for kids and and when they take.
-- role both you know by their own behavior and by you know modeling with their kids driving with your kids getting them out -- with.
Defensive driving forces within the teacher -- sometimes and you know it's better to have somebody else teach your kids can.
That it does absolutely play a role parents have by far and away number one -- people have to realize they can't rely on the government to fix that problem here I.
And thanks so much yet known as a newlywed said he and US news.com.
Forward slash teen drivers check it out -- the act itself.
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