Wyoming ranks as worst state for teen drivers

WYOMING – Wyoming is no place for teens to be driving. Not safely, anyway.

The Equality State ranked dead last in a 2018 list of 50 states where statistics show teenage drivers face the least or greatest dangers.

A driver’s license is a rite of passage in America. Many teens secure a permit and DL before they ever graduate high school.

Unfortunately, inexperience leads to some dismal stats. 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.

Loss of life and injury are heartbreaking, and the financial implications can be staggering. Although 15- to 19-year-olds made up just 7 percent of the population in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they racked up 11 percent of all costs resulting from motor-vehicle injuries.

WalletHub analyzed the teen driving environment in each of the 50 states using a collection of 23 key metrics. Its data set ranged from number of teen driver fatalities to average cost of car repairs to presence of impaired-driving laws.

Wyoming scored poorly, overall, with far too many incidences of fatalities and DUIs.

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