Report: Oregon teens safer drivers than peers in most other states

      EUGENE, Ore. - Cars and kids can be a deadly mix.

      Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among American teenagers.

      But Oregon teens may trend safer than their peers in most other states.

      A new report by the personal finance Web site WalletHub attempted to compile a list of the best and worst states for teen drivers overall.

      In addition to teen driver fatalities, criteria taken into account include:

      • the rate of teen violations for driving under the influence;
      • the number of teen drivers and miles traveled per capita;
      • whether a state has strong traffic laws, including provisions against texting while driving; and
      • factors such as the cost of car repairs and insurance

      Overall, WalletHub ranks these as the worst states for teen drivers:

      50. South Dakota
      49. Mississippi
      48. Nebraska
      47. Oklahoma
      46. Wyoming

      And these states ranked best overall:

      1. New York
      2. Hawaii
      3. Illinois
      4. Oregon
      5. Rhode Island