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09-14-11, 02:27 PM #1
States that restrict 16-year-old drivers' number of passengers, night time driving, and cell phone use have lower rate of fatal crashes for those driversA new study shows that strong graduated license programs do save young lives. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found states with such programs had a 26 percent lower rate of fatal crashes for 16-year-old drivers.
Jackie Gillan, of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, says there are three key components to an effective graduated license program: restricting the number of passengers, restricting night time driving and preventing cell phone use.
09-14-11, 02:56 PM #2Safety advocates are now pushing Congress to pass a federal graduated licensing law.
Gillan said, "It doesn't make sense, when we know that they will save so many lives, to have a different set of rules for different rules in different states."
Despite the significant reduction in fatal crashes for 16-year-olds, the new study of graduated license programs found a small increase for 18-year-old drivers. The study's authors, "Early Show" co-anchor Erica Hill noted, say more research is needed to understand why.
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