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Indiana Teen Driving Deaths Down

The greatest risks for teen drivers include alcohol, not wearing a seat belt, speeding, distraction and drowsy driving.

STATEWIDE-- Teen driving deaths are down in the state of Indiana.

The latest results from State Farm show that the number of Indiana teens involved in fatal car crashes has gone down 30% between 2005 and 2015. 166 teens were involved in fatal car crashes in 2005 compared to 117 in 2015.   

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there were 31 drivers age 15 to 19 killed in 2016 in Indiana, signifying that the decrease continues. In those incidents, 42 other people involved in those accidents were killed. 

In 2005, there were 7,500 teens involved in fatal car crashes nationwide. That number decreased to 4,300 in 2015. Last year, that number was just over 3,500 in 2016. 

Experts in the industry are attributing the decrease to strong graduated driver-licensing programs. 

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