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AAA URGES CREATION OF PROVISIONAL LICENSES FOR YOUNGER DRIVERS

 ORLANDO, Fla., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Automobile Association voted today to urge state governments to create "provisional licenses" that more closely match youthful drivers with their driving skills and capabilities.
 AAA's new policy was approved here by more than 1,000 delegates representing 34 million members in the United States and Canada attending the federation's 90th annual meeting.
 "Because of their inexperience and developing sense of responsibility behind the wheel, youthful drivers are at greater risk of being involved in a collision that results in a traffic-related death or injury," said Darryl Wyland, AAA senior vice president of Public and Government Relations.
 "Teen-agers comprise 10 percent of the U.S. driving population and 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths," Wyland said.
 "Their rate of 63 fatal collisions for every 100,000 drivers in 1991 was the highest of any age group," he said. "Even though they drive less than other motorists, 5,749 teenagers died as a result of traffic collisions in 1991."
 To improve the traffic safety of young people, AAA said younger drivers should be introduced to driving on a provisional basis until their skills are fully developed.
 "A provisional license would grant the privilege of driving but allow state motor vehicle administrators the ability to more easily revoke the license of those with bad driving records," Wyland said.
 AAA's new policy also calls for the creation of graded licenses that would match driving privileges with driving capabilities, such as physically challenged motorists and older drivers.
 In a related policy action, the motoring federation also said it will ask states to lower the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level to .02 for drivers under the age of 21.
 BAC is the level at which a driver's blood alcohol content becomes illegal. A BAC of .02 allows for the use of cough medicine or alcohol relating to religious ceremonies, while upholding a policy of zero tolerance toward underage drinking.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 139 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices serving its members with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of the American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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