Teen driver education varies widely by state.
The study found almost 79 percent of public high school students with driver's licenses participated in a formal driver education program. But in states without a driver education requirement, one in three students received no formal driver education before being issued their licenses. More than half of students reported having no formal, behind-the-wheel training.
The study also found that Hispanics, blacks, males and students with lower academic achievement participated in driver education at a much lower level in states that do not require the training.
The study authors said as more evidence-based driver education programs are enacted and evaluated, "attention should be paid to possible implications of underutilization by low-income, male and minority teens, especially given that these groups are reported to have higher rates of risky driving behaviors and crashes."
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|Title Annotation:||STATES IN BRIEF|
|Publication:||The Nation's Health|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2012|
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