A new analysis, released last week, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that states that have strong graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws have shown a reduction in fatal crashes involving teenagers.
The study found that compared with licensing laws that were rated “poor,” states that had GDL laws that were rated “good” had 30 percent lower fatal crash rates among 15-17 year olds.
According to the research study, “Stronger nighttime restrictions were associated with larger reductions, and reductions were larger for laws limiting teenage passengers to zero or one than laws allowing two or more teenage passengers or laws without passenger restrictions.”
So what does this mean? It means even though you may want to drive after midnight, the law against it is keeping you safe. It also means limiting teen passengers could save your life.
It boils down to this: stronger GDL laws are proven to work. And with the help of peer-to-peer programs like Teens in the Driver Seat, they are even more effective. Check out the full report [PDF] .