Posted On: January 9, 2007 by Christopher T. Hurley

Strict Graduated Licensing Programs Protect Teen Drivers

A study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Susan Baker and colleagues, which appeared in the July issue of Pediatrics, argues that the more limits a Graduated Drivers Licensing program imposes on teenage drivers, the fewer fatal crashes they'll have.

Graduated driver licensing programs are state laws that dictate such criteria as the minimum age when a beginning driver can get a learner's permit, and that restrict for teen drivers nighttime driving and the number of passengers allowed in a teen’s vehicle. According to the Bloomberg School’s study, while some states' programs have more restrictions, and some fewer, the strictest graduated driver licensing programs decrease fatal crashes by about 20 percent.

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