Driving while young.
Since the early 1990s, 44 states and the District of Columbia have enacted graduated driver's licensing (GDL) laws, which gradually phase-in driving privileges for teens. Traffic safety groups recommend that every GDL law include a learner's permit phase with a mandatory minimum holding time, an intermediate stage with a passenger restriction and a nighttime driving restriction, followed by full licensure.
In 2005, most states sought to strengthen existing GDL laws by adding new restrictions on nighttime driving (reducing crashes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. by as much as 60 percent), restricting the number of passengers allowed in a teenager's car (58 percent of teenagers killed in crashes were riding with a teenage driver), restricting cell phone use, and adding requirements for driver's education.
FACTS BRING ACTION
FORTY-THREE PERCENT OF TEENAGE TRAFFIC FATALITIES OCCURRED BETWEEN 9 P.M. AND 6 A.M. IN 2001.
THIRTY-SEVEN STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE ADOPTED NIGHTTIME DRIVING RESTRICTIONS.
FIFTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF TEENAGERS KILLED IN CRASHES WERE RIDING IN A CAR DRIVEN BY A TEENAGER.
TWENTY-SIX STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS TEEN DRIVERS CAN HAVE IN THE CAR.
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