All teen drivers are at higher risk because they lack driving experience and judgment that only come with time and driving.

Managing the vehicle is only the beginning of learning to drive – decision making and judgment come with experience over time.

Teens with their own vehicles are at greater risk because they drive more and have fewer restrictions placed on them.

Even “responsible” friends in the car can be distracting. Crash risks are nearly doubled with one passenger – and go up further with each extra passenger.

All young passengers are potentially distracting and at risk with a new driver – siblings are not safer.

The GDL program is good, but is just a MINIMUM. Strict parent-imposed driving restrictions that go beyond the laws, increase teen safety.

Nearly all parents DO set limits, and teens expect limits. The stronger the limits, the better the safety outcomes.

National study shows correlation between parents' and teens' distracted driving

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. surveyed more than 2,600 newly licensed U.S. drivers ages 16-18 and nearly 3,000 parents of drivers in this age group, including 400 pairs of teens and parents from the same households.  Parents who were more likely to engage in distracting behaviors while driving (like talking on a cell phone, texting, eating or drinking, looking for somethingn in the vehicle) were more likely to have teens who did the same.  A key finding is that what teens think their parents do while driving has a greater impact on teen behavior than what parents actually report they do.  This is important because teens think their parents engage in distracted driving more often than may be the case.


For more information see these articles:


"Driver distraction:  Do as I say, not as I do (or what you think I do)"


"Are you a good driver?  Ask your teenager"

PA: State Senate Approves Bill Tightening Rules for Teen Drivers

Legislation that would restrict cell phone use and the number of passengers in a vehicle operated by junior drivers won state Senate approval on Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Markosek, D-Allegheny, passed on a 44-3 vote. It goes back to the House for approval of the Senate changes.

One of those changes included making talking or texting while driving an offense that junior drivers could be cited for only if they are stopped for another offense. Several senators voted for the bill with the hope that the House will undo that change so that police could stop a teen driver for talking or texting on a phone. Others hope for the House to consider a ban on texting while driving for all drivers.

HI: Traffic Deaths Among Teen Drivers Decline Steadily

Teen traffic deaths have declined dramatically over the past six years.

The state says it took an all out effort among the city, state, parents, and the teenagers themselves to save lives.

"I think it's also HPD and our county police departments working out there and specifically focusing teen drivers we've seen a lot of legislation lately with the graduated drivers license program implemented in 2006," said Tammy Mori with the State transportation department.

NC: Safe Teen Drivers Get the Spotlight

Risky drivers can be swayed by a positive campaign to reinforce good habits according to Arthur Goodwin, a senior researcher at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.

UNC researchers have seen good results after they publicized statistics to show that most drivers wear seat belts and most college students stay sober. Now they are targeting Wake County teens with a Facebook competition that celebrates safe drivers. Thirteen Wake high schools have Facebook pages touting UNC findings that, at any given time, nine out of 10 teen drivers are not phoning or texting.

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Teens and Young Adults Less Likely to Buckle Up than Older Drivers

Motorists and passengers in California, Oregon and Washington state have the highest seat-belt use in the country, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, a troubling CDC finding was that teenagers and young adults were less likely to buckle up compared with older people. Drivers between 16 and 24 years old have the highest rates of injury and death from auto crashes, the CDC said.,0,5149638.story


Graduated Driver Licensing: What's It All About?

Though a lot of teens might feel like they own the road when they buckle in with their brand new license, the truth is in the statistics: 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age, including older teenagers.
Facts like those are, at least in part, behind the idea of graduated driver licensing (GDL). The system slowly phases new drivers into full driving privileges, gradually increasing the level of their license as they gain skills and experience.

Teens Do Better With Parents Who Set Limits

Studies show parents who keep set boundaries make a huge difference to their childrens' health and well being. Teen drivers whose parents set and enforced rules were more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to speed, get in crashes, drink and drive, or use cellphones while driving.