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Report ranks Kentucky among worst for teen driving deaths

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

A new report suggests Kentucky ranks high when it comes to the number of teenagers killed in car crashes.

Research from the WalletHub.com shows only one state, Indiana, has more teenagers killed in car accidents per licensed teen driver.

However, Kentucky has the fourth lowest percentage of teen population with drivers licenses.

Researchers looked at several categories, including DUI laws, average cost of car repairs and number of teenagers on the road.

Kentucky ranks 15th overall on the list, even though only Indiana has more deadly crashes involving teenagers per licensed teen driver.

Police said the biggest distraction for teen drivers - and many other drivers, for that matter - is texting while driving.

"They give off the same clues as somebody driving under the influence," said Lt. Randy Napier with the Hazard Police Department. "If you're focusing on your phone trying to text, then you're going to be swerving a little bit. It's noticeable if you're going to try to text and drive."

To view the full study, visit http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-for-teen-drivers/4598/

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