NASHA’s Washington Weekly: NIH Studies Show Graduated Drivers Licensing Programs Reduce Fatal Teen Crashes

The National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHA)’s Washington Weekly announced the following items of interest:

Administration News:
NIH Studies Show Graduated Drivers Licensing Programs Reduce Fatal Teen Crashes

Programs that grant privileges to new drivers in phases – known as graduated licensing programs – dramatically reduce the rate of teen driver fatal crashes, according to three studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Such graduated licensing laws were adopted by all 50 States and theDistrict of Columbiabetween 1996 and 2011. The NIH-supported research effort shows that such programs reduced the rate of fatal crashes among 16- 17-year-olds by 8 to 14 percent. 

Reductions in fatal crashes were greatest in States that had enacted other restrictions on young drivers. The greatest reductions in young driver crashes were seen in States that had adopted graduated driver licensing laws in combination with mandatory seat belt laws or laws requiring a loss of the driver’s license as a penalty for possession or use of alcohol by youth aged 20 or younger.

In addition, limiting driving at night or with teenaged passengers, in combination with graduated licensing laws, had greater reductions in overall crash rates involving teen drivers than graduated licensing laws alone.

For all three studies, the researchers analyzed data from a national database of information about fatal crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information visit www.nih.gov.  

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