Tough Traffic Laws Really Do Keep Us Safer

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2016 | Car Accidents

Fewer motorists die in those states with tougher driving laws. its just that simple according to the statistics compiled by the Auto Insurance Center.

The AIC looked at crash data across the country and then compared speed limits, teen driving restrictions, seatbelt laws, and DUI laws in all the states. The Center found a direct relationship between tougher well-enforced laws and fewer deaths.

Since vehicular accidents are the number one cause of death for teens in the United States today, let’s look at what the Center found out about teen driving laws across the country.  The strictest states don’t award full driving privileges until a person is 18 years old, and the most lenient states grant full driving privileges to people who are 16.

There is a clear correlation between teen driving deaths with state licensing laws. Overwhelmingly, the states with the highest rates of teen driving fatalities per 100,000 residents also have less stringent restrictions for teen drivers.  Wyoming, the state with the most teen driving deaths, has mildly restrictive laws.  Second-place Montana and third-place North Dakota have among the most lenient laws.

The states with the strictest and second-strictest laws have lower rates of teen driving deaths.  One exception: Minnesota, which has mildly restrictive laws, ranks in the bottom 10 for teen driving fatalities.

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