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Tennessee Deadliest State for Teen Drivers

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- U.S. Safety officials said deaths of teen drivers increased sharply in the first six months of last year, reversing a decade-long trend and the volunteer state is one of two states leading the way in deaths.

According to the Governor's Highway Safety Association, between January and June of 2012, 240 16 and 17-year-olds were killed in wrecks, while the year before during that same period, 201 died.

The increase for Tennessee was 19 percent, with fatalities increasing form six to 16. That ties the Volunteer State with Indiana for tops on the state list.