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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Buying a car for a teen driver can be difficult. Parents often look for used vehicles but worry about safety. A new report offers choices for a variety of budgets.

Sixteen and 17 year olds are three times more likely than adults to be involved in a deadly crash, according to AAA.

Safety advocates say that’s why teens need a vehicle with technology that can help prevent a crash or survive one.

“It’s really critical for parents to think about, ‘How much safety can I afford?’” says David Harkey, the president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The IIHS teamed up with Consumer Reports to create a list of used cars for teen drivers. A total of 43 vehicles are considered the best choices and range in price from $7,000 to almost $20,000. All come with stability control, perform well in crash tests, and received high marks for reliability. Asian brands dominate the list. Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota each had five models make the grade.

“Hopefully what we have done is given parents a really solid, comprehensive source of information that will serve as a starting point to help purchase a really good vehicle for their teen driver,” says Harkey.

Harkey says buying a car isn’t enough. Parents also need to teach their children the rules of the road.

“What to do, what not to do, and emphasize, most importantly, the need to buckle up, the need to not speed, and the need to not be on any sort of electronic device,” he says.

That can help prevent a crash in any type of car.

The group also has a second list of what it calls Good Choices that includes older vehicles starting at $5,000. Those cars didn’t perform as well as those that made the Best list.

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MTA: Dozen People Take Over B48 Bus In Queens, Throw Unsocially Distant Party, Then Promptly Disappear

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New video shows a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus turned into an unsocially distanced party, and now the transit agency and the NYPD are investigating.

Smoking hookahs and dancing between seats, about a dozen people had an impromptu party on a B48 bus and there wasn’t a mask in sight, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported Tuesday.

“It’s really an egregious, unfortunate incident that not only breaks the law, but also violates transit rules and puts our bus operator at risk,” MTA Bus President Craig Cipriano said.

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The incident happened just before 3:30 a.m. on Sunday in Maspeth, Queens. Cipriano said the driver pulled his bus out of the Grand Avenue depot at the start of his shift and no passengers were on board. He turned the corner at 49th Place, where a bunch of double-parked cars blocked his path.

“When the bus operator paused and asked the group to move the cars they immediately got on the bus,” Cipriano said.

An MTA dispatcher was quickly notified and sent supervision to the scene.

“By the time supervision got there, which was about 15 minutes later, the group had disbanded and the bus operator was able to continue on route,” Cipriano said.

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Passengers are currently required to wear masks when riding MTA buses, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve been handing out masks, and we have had some unfortunate incidents of assaults on bus operators over the past few months, and we’re really focused on working with our NYPD partners to get more policing on buses towards that effort,” Cipriano said.

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The MTA said it is investigating and working with the NYPD to track down the riders.

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