A nationwide survey which examined teen-driving environments in every state through 23 metrics showed that New York State is the safest in the nation for teen drivers, the NY DMV has announced.
The survey also found that New York State had the lowest number of fatalities among teen drivers per teen population and the state ranked second overall in the nation when factoring all metrics.
“This ranking is a testament to the time and care that families, schools, DMV and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee take to get young drivers ready for the road,” said DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder. “Getting a driver’s license is an important step in life and when we can teach young people to drive safely from the beginning, we know they are much more likely to carry those skills into adulthood.”
New York State has seen an 80% decrease in fatal motor vehicle crashes involving a young driver since 2003. Personal injury crashes involving young teen drivers have also decreased by 61% in part to the efforts by the New York State Traffic Safety Community.