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Teen Drivers




Distracted and reckless driving is the leading cause of death for teenagers. Speak Up! helps teens in North Dakota protect their safety in a vehicle.


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Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S.

Teen drivers 16 to 19 are 3 times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers 20 and older. One of the most important things we can do in traffic safety is to prevent crashes involving young drivers. Teens, their families and their teachers are stepping up to protect the lives of young drivers—and young passengers.


WiseUp_Info1In 2015, drivers 14-19 represent 5 percent of licensed drivers, but are involved in about 18.5 percent of all crashes.
WiseUp_Info2In 2015, 30 percent of teen driver crashes happen after school between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
WiseUp_Info357 percent of teen motor vehicle fatalities 17 and under were unbelted in 2015.


Who is most at risk?

  • Males
  • Teens driving with teen passengers
  • Newly licensed teens

Did you know?

    • In 2015, one teen driver (age 14-19) crash occurred every 3 hours in North Dakota.
    • In 2015, the highest number of teen driver crashes occurred in December in North Dakota.
    • In 2015, nearly 13 percent of fatal crashes involved at least one teen driver in North Dakota.
    • On average in North Dakota, teen drivers were involved in 7.7 crashes per day, in 2015.
    • In 2015, “Driving Too Close” and “Failure to Yield” were the most reported contributing factors for crashes involving teen drivers in North Dakota.

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