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How does Montana address teen drivers and distractions?

Distracted driving is one of the major concerns among drivers in Montana. When a distracted driver is on the road, they could make simple errors that end up causing serious collisions.

Distracted driving is dangerous because it means that your eyes are off the road, your hands may be off the wheel and your mind may not be thinking about what's going on around you. Teen drivers are particularly at risk of participating in distractive behaviors.

Did you know that over half of the teen drivers who responded to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's survey reported that they did use a cellphone while driving (and had done so in the last 30 days)? Of these respondents, one out of four admitted to typing or sending text messages while driving in the last month as well.

Unfortunately, cellphones and electronics aren't the only distractions in a vehicle. Other distractions, like passengers, eating and drinking, changing the radio station, nearby crashes or distracting behavior by other drivers can lead to trouble as well.

How does Montana address teen drivers and distractions?

Since there are so many distractions possible, Montana has a graduated driver licensing system. This system requires drivers to have no more than a single teenage passenger under 18 in a vehicle for the first six months of a new driver's license. In the second six months, three or fewer nonfamily teens under 18 may ride as passengers in the vehicle.

Montana has rules that attempt to make the roads safer from distracted drivers, but they don't stop all crashes. If you're struck by a distracted driver, you still have a right to pursue a claim.

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