North Dakota Impact Teen Drivers Program

** Preventable car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America **

Teens and Speeding: Breaking the Deadly Cycle, a new report from GHSA and Ford Motor Company Fund, highlights the significant role speeding plays in teen driver fatalities and offers practical tools to help parents rein in this lethal driving habit.

4-H Healthy Living works to increase youth knowledge of the impact of risky behaviors and poor decision-making and equip them with skills to recognize and reduce risk for disease, illness, and injuries.

Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America and have been for generations. The Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) program was organized to provide awareness and education to teenagers, their parents, and community members about all facets of responsible driving. The goal is to reduce the number of teen injuries and deaths caused by distracted driving and poor decision making. The message to young people is simple: Focus on the road ahead and get to where you are going safely.

Over 5,000 North Dakota youth have been reached with this lifesaving message, but our work is just beginning! In order to change the culture of distracted driving now and for future generations, ALL ND youth need to hear this message multiple times, starting in elementary school. NDSU Extension and 4-H partners with the ND Association of Counties and local communities to bring Impact Teen Drivers to youth in North Dakota.

To learn how you can bring a FREE, evidence-based, lifesaving message about the dangers of reckless and distracted driving to youth and their infuencers in your community, please contact your local extension agent or Diane Hahn, program coordinator for ND Impact Teen Drivers .

National Impact Teen Drivers website

April Newsletter


How does ND rank for Teen Driving Safety? According to statistics from, NOT GOOD. Although the safety rank for ND has improved over the last three years, we are still in the top 10 worst states for teen driving safety and we rank 5th for highest number of teen driver fatalities per 100,000 people.

Based on 5 teen driving metrics:

  • Number of teen driver fatalities per 100,000 population
  • Breadth of Graduated Driving License (GDL) laws
  • Teen drinking and driving rates
  • Teen emailing/texting and driving rates
  • Average annual insurance costs for teen drivers, which is a reflection of the risk level for this driving group

2017-2019 Teen Driving Safety State Rankings: Least and Most Dangerous States (

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number B04MC29321, Maternal and Child Health Services, total award amount for the period of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 is $1,725,639. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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