New York Teen Drivers Are OK

by Sandra Foyt on March 18, 2010

in Road Trips

New York didn’t make it onto the Top 10 List of Best States for Teen Drivers, but it was close at #14:

The Best States for Teen Drivers, which scores all 50 states and the District of Columbia, is led by the following top 10 states:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Maryland
  5. Illinois
  6. New Jersey
  7. Oregon
  8. Minnesota
  9. Utah
  10. Washington

U.S. News Media Group is releasing these statistics to raise awareness about teen driver safety:

“Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens today.” U.S. News Editor Brian Kelly

New York Teen Driving Safety Statistics:

Percent of teen population with licenses (10-year average): 26.0%
Teen driver deaths per year (10-year average): 185.7
Percent of teen driver deaths involving alcohol/drugs (10-year average): 0.2%
Teen driver’s license laws: Insufficient
Overall Driving Safety Conditions
Motorcycle helmet laws: Excellent
Safety belt use laws: Satisfactory
DUI/DWI laws: Excellent
Distracted driving/texting while driving laws: Failing
Red light and speeding camera laws: Inadequate
Percent of roads in state rated good/very good: 30.0%
Vehicle miles traveled per capita in state (5-year average): 7166.47

New York parents will have to ask themselves if OK is good enough.

[via U.S. News Media Group and Allstate Insurance Company Release 2010 Best States for Teen Drivers]

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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