Decline in Teen Crashes

I wanted to share some information from a recent article in the July 30, 2014 edition of the Status Report, issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Recent studies have shown that the use of graduated driver licensing (GDL) has significantly decreased the rate at which teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes. The first GDL was implemented in Florida and has spread to many other states, including Virginia. While the largest reductions in fatal crashes were for younger teens, there have been declines in per capita fatal crash rates for all ages.

A separate study published by Injury Prevention found that GDL actually reduces both the amount of time that teens will be behind the wheel and their chances of being in an accident when they do drive.

Despite the clear declines in fatal accidents for teens, GDL does not have a profound affect on speeding. More than a third of teen crashes involved speeding. It is important to remember to watch the speedometer, especially when conditions are not ideal.

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