What Can We Learn About Making Driving Safer for Teen Drivers from Crashes in Three Rural States?

Teen drivers have a relatively high risk for injury and death from traffic crashes (CDC 2010). Given their limited driving experience, it is not unexpected for teens to have above average crash rates (Williams 2003). Fatalities data shows, however, that young drivers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming have disproportionately large share of teen drivers involved in the states most serious crashes. Among the 48 contiguous states these three are in the highest quartile for share of fatal crashes attributed to teen drivers. Nationwide 4.4% of fatal passenger vehicle crashes involved drivers age 14 to 17 between 2006 and 2008. The teen shares in these crashes are 12.2%, 9.5%, and 6.9% in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, respectively, during those three years. Teen licensing can include a range of education/experience requirements, license restrictions, and age stipulations (. The approach in these states is mixed with regard to licensing processes. Wyoming adopted a three-stage licensing process for teens in 2005 which included new restrictions. South Dakota and North Dakota have fewer restrictions, but have also adopted policies aimed at improving teen driver safety. A study of teen driver crashes in the three states may provide some insight for future decisions to lower crash rates and reduce serious injury crashes. The study will consider roadway, driver, vehicle, and environmental crash parameters.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $95163
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute

    1320 Albrecht Blvd.
    Fargo, ND  United States  58102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Vachal, Kimberly

    Lucero, Stephanie

  • Start Date: 20100701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20131031
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: MPC-344

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01466125
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0008
  • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:11PM