Drivers age 21 and under make up less than 10% of the driving population, yet they represent nearly 20% of Americans killed in auto accidents. A University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center study suggests that a major reason so many young people are involved in accidents is that they are poorly trained. To improve the situation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging states to adopt "graduated licensing" programs that extend the amount of time it takes to qualify for unrestricted driving privileges. Eleven states have already adopted some sort of three-tiered program that puts a restricted license between a learner's permit and a full-fledged license. This article suggests that parents don't have to wait for such a program, but may want to adopt a program of their own. They might also consider enrolling young drivers in a defensive-driving course. A short list of the more popular driving schools and their charges is provided.

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  • Authors:
    • Henry, E
  • Publication Date: 1996-2


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  • Accession Number: 00721526
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 019
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 24 1996 12:00AM