Montana Department of Transportation


Young Driver Crashes

Teen applying makeup in car mirrorIn Montana, in 2012, 25 percent of all fatal and injury crashes involved a young driver. Your highest lifetime crash risk is in your first months of independent driving due to inexperience, speed and driver errors. Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) requirements for new drivers include 50 hours of supervised driving practice with 10 hours at night for a minimum of six months and no alcohol, drug or traffic violations. Seatbelt use is required. After the learner license phase and during the first year of independent driving with a GDL restricted license there are limits on teen passengers and night driving. Montana’s GDL became effective July 1, 2006 and it is expected that the GDL program will reduce crash rates.

Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan

New strategies focus on programs to support GDL implementation and expansion of drivers education programs.


  • Reduce the five-year average number of fatalities and incapacitating injuries resulting from crashes involving young drivers from 369 in 2010 to 285 by 2015.
  • Reduce the five-year average number of young drivers involved in fatal crashes from 35 in 2010 to 27 by 2015.

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Did you know?

The 5 major risks for young drivers are:

  1. not buckling up
  2. distractions
  3. drinking and driving
  4. driving at night
  5. speeding

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