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Montana hopes class will reduce teen crash deaths

Posted by lapearce on June 15, 2009

Allstates ranking of deadliest states for new drivers (the darker the color the more dangerous the state)

Allstate's ranking of deadliest states for new drivers (the darker the color the more dangerous the state)

In Allstate’s recent study, Montana scored as one of the most dangerous places for new drivers (43rd place). While nationally, teens make up for 10 percent of drivers and 12 percent of crashes, according to Tooper Scott Waddell of the Montana Highway Patrol, in Montana, teens account for 14 percent of drivers and 28 percent of crashes that are fatal or include serious injury. Allstate ranked Montana lowest both in GDL requirements and seatbelt use among teen drivers.

The Montana Highway Patrol is hoping that its program Alive at 25 will help change these numbers in favor of new drivers. The four hour class is free and includes discussion and videos to help teens understand the risks on the road and give them solutions for handling the dangers of driving.

Montana still needs work if they hope to significantly reduce their teen driving crashes: no permits before 15 1/2, no cellphone use, no teen drivers, and required education for all new drivers, not just those under the age of 15. The MHP has the right idea to start the process, but legislatures need to step in to finish it.

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