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New Teen Driver Safety Research Released Today
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New Teen Driver Safety Research Released Today

A new report, led by Allison Curry, PhD, MPH and funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, sheds new light on crash involvement of newly-licensed young drivers. Because New Jersey is the only state to extend full Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) provisions to all novice drivers under age 21, Dr. Curry was given the unique opportunity to investigate the independent contribution of age at licensure, driving experience, and GDL license phase on crash rates among NJ’s young drivers at ages 17 to 20 years. What she found is that both age and experience matter when it comes to crash rates and that, independent of either of these factors, crash rates increase at the time of transition from an intermediate to full license.

The new research on crash rates among this age group builds upon previous research that describes socioeconomic disparities in young driver licensing. Together, the research suggests that states should consider extending the GDL Intermediate License age requirement to age 21 in order to provide older novice drivers with the protective environment of GDL.

Read her blog post about the research.

Download the evidence-based Boost Your State GDL fact sheet to share with policymakers.
 
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