Car crashes are the number one cause of death for American teenagers.
A new report shows Alabama is the 39th worst in the nation for teen drivers.
The factors in the rating include teen driver deaths, traffic violations or driving under the influence along with several others.
In 2013 accidents caused by drivers ages 16 to 18 accounted for 10% of all crashes in Dothan city limits.
Traffic Enforcement Sergeant Tim Ellison says it's hard to pinpoint why but it's a sad statistic.
"Teaching your child how to drive safely, obey the traffic laws, don't allow yourself to be distracted like with texting or telephones and employing proper safety devices like your seatbelt, safety belts. It is important,” Sgt. Ellison said.