Teen drivers

Arizona is bad news for teens that drive according to a new study.

PHOENIX — A recently released study has Arizona making a poor showing where teen drivers are concerned.

Last week, WalletHub released its 2019 Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers study, and Arizona trended toward the bottom in a large number of categories, ranking 47th overall.

“Getting a driver’s license is considered a rite of passage in American culture. But this exciting coming of age has instead become a death sentence for thousands of teens each year. Motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death among the population aged 16 to 19, which also happens to be the age group with the highest risk of crashes.” Adam McCann, a financial writer for WalletHub wrote in the teen driver report.

Arizona ranks around the middle of the pack, coming in 22nd for teen driver fatalities per teen population. Arizona’s best scores put it 17th for average cost of car repairs and for vehicle miles traveled per capita.

On the other end of the spectrum, Arizona ranks 44th for presence of distracted driving/texting-while-driving laws, and 49th for premium increases after adding teen drivers to parents’ policies.

The statistics for distracted driving may be changing come January 2020, however, as a new anti-distracted driver law signed in April goes into effect.

Already the Department of Public Safety tweeted last week that it had issued nearly 2,000 warnings to drivers in violation.

Find the full findings of the study online at https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-for-teen-drivers/.

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