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Good news for Northwest teen drivers

Tuesday, December 18, 2012by  Jon Osterberg

Much is written in the news media about teen drivers, most of it negative. So we're pleased to share some happy findings.
   Oregon (No. 7) and Washington (No. 10) ranked among U.S. News & World Report's "Best States for Teen Drivers," last published in 2010. California also ranked high (No. 2), while nearby Idaho sat near the bottom of the list at No. 45.
   The rankings are based on factors such as crash deaths, road quality, and road-safety laws. See the full rankings here.
   The most recent (also from 2010) "Fatality Facts" report from the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that although a high number of teens die in crashes each year, the trend is improving -- 10% fewer deaths than just one year earlier, in 2009, and 69% fewer than in 1975. See the IIHS report and graph.

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