The American Academy of Pediatrics and The Allstate Foundation are joining forces in 2013-14 to reduce teen driving deaths. As part of the Teen Safe Driving Grant Program, five AAP chapters (California Chapter 2, California Chapter 3, New York Chapter 1, Ohio, and Washington) have been awarded funding to develop novel approaches to strengthening graduated driver licensing laws and improving teen driving safety.
The Academy released its first policy statement recommending Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws in 1996 in response to the high number of fatalities and injuries among teen drivers. As a result of over 15 years of pediatric advocacy, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have a 3-tiered Graduated Licensing System for teen drivers. These include a learner’s permit, an intermediate or provisional license, and a full-privilege driver’s license. Unfortunately, the strength of these laws varies widely, with some states adopting more stringent provisions than others in specific areas such as the number of required hours of supervised behind-the-wheel training and restrictions on night time driving, teenage passengers, and mobile phone use. (For a full description of recommended provisions and state-by-state requirements, click here. MyAAP login required.) Currently no state has a law that meets all the AAP recommendations for teen driving safety.
The Teen Safe Driving Program awards Chapters the resources to help pediatricians educate community members, families and teens on safe teen driving practices and the importance of stronger GDL laws.
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Did you know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the US?
What puts teen drivers at risk?
What works to protect teen drivers?
California has had a Provisional Driver’s License in place with modifications since 1997 (Brady-Jared Teen Driver Safety Act). This has undoubtedly saved many lives but could be stronger:
Restrict access to alcohol & reinforce dangers of use:
Engage parents in the process: