How Big is this Problem? Leading cause of death for ages 15-18 4,054 teens killed in crashes in 2008 More than 350,000 injured 7 fatal crashes per 100,000,000 miles driven Crash rates per mile 4 times higher 61% passenger death rate with teenage driver
What are the Teenage DriverCrash Risk Factors? • Poor hazard detection • Risk taking and low risk perception • Not wearing seat belts • Lack of skill • Alcohol and drugs • Carrying passengers • Night driving
Who is at Risk?Among teendrivers, thosewith thehighest risk ofcrashing are:• Newly licensed teens• Teens driving with teen passengers• Teens driving at night• Teen males
What is Graduated DriverLicensing?Consists of:• Learner’s Stage• Intermedi ate Stage• Unrestrict ed Driving Stage
What Are the GDL Stages?Learner’s Stage Intermediate Stage Minimum age of 16 for Restricted license 6 learner’s permit months/16 years old Minimum holding period Nighttime driving of 6 months restriction Minimum of 30-50 Passenger restriction hours of supervised Ban non-emergency driving use of electronic Ban non-emergency communication devices use of electronic communication devices
What Are the GDL Stages?Unrestricted DrivingStage Minimum age 18 years for unrestricted license
How Do We Solve theProblem? Increase age for learner’s permit to 16 Increase age for provisional license to 17 Night driving restricted between 10:00 pm to 5:00 am No passengers until licensed for 12 months No electronic communication device use while driving License restrictions/suspensions for driving violations
In Conclusion, Implementationof All Components of the GDLCould…• Reduce fatal teen crash rates• Reduce teen injury crash rates• Create lifelong safe drivers• Save lives
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