Statewide policies for safer teen driving: An evaluation of the impact of graduated driver licensing in Arkansas

Graduated driver licensing (GDL) requirements, which vary from state to state, can serve to reduce incidence of motor vehicle crashes and fatalities for novice drivers by limiting their exposure to risky driving situations. In this study, the authors examined the short-term impact of the 2009 Arkansas GDL on teen crash and fatal crash reduction. Using motor vehicle crash data from 2008 and 2010, the study compared changes in crash rates between pre- and post-GDL years for different age groups. Reductions in crash rates occurred in the under-19 age group as well as in nighttime crashes and crashes in which the driver was accompanied by more than one unrelated passenger. For adults 19 years and older, similar decreases did not occur. The authors concluded that short-term impact of GDL restrictions does reduce teen driver crashes and fatalities in Arkansas.


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  • Accession Number: 01498892
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2013 9:12AM