Teens Delay Getting Licenses and Are Driving Less Often: NJ Teens Back Restrictions for Older Novices

This article reports on recent research that suggests that teenagers are delaying the progress to getting a driver’s license. A study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that teenagers in New Jersey support their state’s graduated licensing law, which applies new driver restrictions to all beginning drivers who are younger than 21. The author posits some reasons why this would be the case, including the role of social media and interconnectedness online, the wish to bypass graduated driver licensing (GDL) requirements, and economic factors. The article also discusses the increases in GDL laws in states, most of which are based on positive findings from earlier implementations of these kinds of laws. A final section considers the use of reflective decals on the vehicles of novice drivers. Readers are referred to the full reports on these studies, available at iihs.org.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 6-7
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  • Accession Number: 01495409
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 14 2013 2:34PM