This paper considers the strengths and weaknesses of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) approach in the context of four central issues: Effectiveness; Fairness; Public Reaction; and Implementation. The conclusion reached is as follows: There appears to be sufficient empirical evidence and a sound conceptual rationale to believe that GDL will have clear, measurable benefits. The limitations on mobility of novice drivers are not great, do not last very long, and can be minimized without sacrificing the benefits to be achieved. The challenge is to successfully navigate the legislative process, addressing the legitimate questions that are raised, to achieve such a system, rather than one that is graduated in name only. If a proposed GDL system is put forth in the appropriate manner, presenting the issues in the desired perspective from the beginning, it should be possible to enact beneficial GDL systems in a number of states during the next few years.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 44-48
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  • Accession Number: 00722488
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1996 12:00AM