Graduated Driver's Licenses
The adoption of the graduated licensing system by most states starting in the 1990's has proven to provide some reduction in overall teen crashes and teen deaths.
This approach to teen driving requires early stage (Learner Stage) supervised driving, progressing to a drivers examination, followed by an (Intermediate Stage) which allows for varying degrees of limiting un-supervised driving in high risk situations, and finally the (Full Privilege Stage) which is a standard drivers license.
Graduated Drivers Licenses (GDL) Save Lives
GDL programs, which introduce teens to the driving experience gradually by phasing in full driving privileges over time and in lower risk settings, have been effective in reducing teen crash deaths.
In states that have adopted GDL systems, studies have found overall crash reductions among teen drivers of about 10 to 30%.
Programs that included a mandatory waiting period, a night time restriction, and either supervised driving for at least 30 hours or a passenger restriction were associated with reductions of 16 to 21% in fatal-crash involvement rates of 16-year-old drivers, according to NHTSA.
States with night time driving restrictions show crash reductions of up to 60% during restricted hours.
A 2010 survey conducted by IIHS shows that parents favor GDL laws that are as strict or even stricter than currently exist in any state. More than half of respondents think the minimum licensing age should be 17 or older.
Almost three-quarters (74%) of teens approve of a single, comprehensive law that incorporates the key elements of GDL, according to a 2010 survey by the Allstate Foundation.
With the limiting of teens ability to drive in high risk situations has proven effective in crash reductions it is also counter productive in teaching teens how to handle risk situations and hazardous road conditions.
We realize that rather than subject teens to risky or hazardous driving conditions it would provide great benefit if teens could be subjected to simulated real life road hazard conditions and trained on how not only to identify these risks in advance but how properly to adjust their behavior to avoid the collisions that tend to result from these conditions.
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