Teen Drivers

Getting a drivers license is an exciting time for a teen. But it can also be dangerous. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers. So, the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety focuses on driver education and public service campaigns, promoting the use of seat belts, and sharing the dangers of distracted driving.


Teen Driver Facts

  • 58% of teens involved in traffic crashes are distracted. The most popular distractions include texting and driving, passengers and any phone activity.
  • 66% of teen passengers who die in crashes aren’t wearing seat belts.
  • 77% of young adults think they’re good at texting and driving, but most believe everyone else is bad at texting and driving!


Teen Driver Campaigns

The “Lesson Learned” campaign started in April 2016, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness month. The campaign targets teen drivers, encouraging them to watch real stories of South Dakota teens who have been in accidents. For watching the video, they can enter to win $10,000 plus another $10,000 for a school-sponsored activity or program.

For more information on campaign initiatives, contact us or see the campaign library.


Drivers Education & Study Tools

Find resources like driving manuals to help you study for knowledge and skills tests to get your license. You can also find information on practice tests, online resources and driver education courses.