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Study: Scott is Tennessee's 5th-safest county for young drivers

An analysis by Nerd Wallet, a financial tips website, ranks Scott County as Tennessee’s fifth-safest county for young drivers.

Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the website ranked Tennessee’s 10 “safest” counties for teenage drivers based on three factors: the number of young drivers involved in crashes, the number of alcohol-related crashes, and the cost of car insurance.

According to the website’s study, Tennessee’s most populous counties are the most dangerous for teenagers, with Davidson County being the worst. The rate of young driver-related accidents per 1,000 drivers is over 50 times more than alcohol-related accidents, the analysis found.

In ranking Scott County No. 5 on its list, the website credited the S.T.A.N.D. Coalition. Scott County has a low average rate of alcohol-related crashes, with only 0.73 crashes per 1,000 crashes involving alcohol. S.T.A.N.D.’s work with local law enforcement to conduct undercover compliance checks at alcoholic beverage retailers plays a role in that, the website suggested.

Neighboring Fentress County ranked as the state’s safest county for young drivers, with only 25.61 per 1,000 crashes involving a teenage driver. Fentress County averages only 0.71 per 1,000 accidents that involve alcohol.

Other counties on the list included Lake County at No. 2, Rhea County at No. 3, and Franklin Co. at No. 4. Rounding out the Top 10 were Williamson County, Bledsoe County, Unicoi County, Union County and Carroll County.

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