AAA: Strengthen graduated driver’s licensing programs

 Mainline Media News

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013

To the editor:

Recent tragedies on roads across the tri-state area remind us; motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Due to their inexperience, over confidence and risk taking behaviors, teens are involved in more crashes per mile than drivers of any other age group.

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research recently established that the risk of being involved in a deadly crash increases for young drivers when carrying passengers, as compared to driving alone. This research supports AAA’s efforts with other safety advocates and state legislators to strengthen graduated driver’s licensing programs and encourage greater parental involvement to help reduce the risk of death and injury from car crashes.

With AAA’s help, Pennsylvania now has a stronger teen driving law that limits the number of non-family passengers, and requires 15 more hours of practice before taking the driver’s license test. We have made great strides in identifying and mitigating risky driving conditions for teens, but as recent accidents involving teens show too much is at stake to not strive to do more to keep our youngest and most vulnerable drivers safer on the roads.

Jenny M. Robinson

Manager of Public and Government Affairs

AAA Mid-Atlantic

 

 

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