Report ranks Kentucky among worst for teen driving deaths

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. A report from the website, WalletHub, says Kentucky is ranked 49th out 50 states in the teen deaths category per licensed drivers.

The report also ranks the best and worst states overall for teen drivers. It takes into account rate of teen violations, the number of teen drivers, miles traveled per capita, state laws, cost of car repairs, and insurance.

Kentucky ranks 15th overall for teen drivers in that category, according to those criteria. However, State Police Trooper Paul Blanton says the number of teen deaths in Kentucky has decreased from 2012 to 2013, from 58 to 40 deaths.

"We would like to think it's education. It's smarter drivers. Teens avoiding distractions," said Trooper Blanton.

Trooper Blanton says if teens continue to wear their seat belts and keep their phones away, fatalities will continue to decrease.

WalletHub ranks New York as the best state for teen drivers and South Dakota as the worst.