The Washington Post published an article last week, Graduated Licenses Can Save Lives, Says IIHS. It discusses the process for teenage drivers to receive a license. Here’s the data:
- Teenage driving fatalities are down over the past few years
- Estimate: with stronger laws, twelve states could cut their fatal teen driving rates by half or more (500 lives saved, 9,500 collisions prevented)
All states and the District of Columbia now use graduated driver licensing (GDL). This means that teens start learning to drive with a supervised learner’s permit, then have approval to drive in non-high risk situations after passing a road test, then receive full privileges.
Data from all states were analyzed, and it turns out that the states with the most restrictive GDL laws have the fewest fatalities. Some suggestions include:
- Precluding younger teens from driving (South Dakota allows learner’s permits at age 14)
- Setting stricter night-driving provisions with earlier driving curfews
- Setting bans on teen passengers