Effective July 1, 1993, Louisiana added a provision to its driver licensing law that requires 15-year-olds to complete 36 hours of driver education before they obtain driver's licenses. The subsequent crash experience of 15-year-olds in Louisiana was compared with that of 15-year-olds in Mississippi, which at the time of this study licensed at age 15, and experience in north Florida, which licenses at age 16. The effect of the new requirement was a 33% reduction in the number of licenses issued to 15-year-olds during the first full year following the law change. The fatal and injury crash involvements of Louisiana 15-year-old drivers declined by as much as 20% annually in the 2 years following the law change. Involvement rates of older teenagers in Louisiana as well as Florida and Mississippi remained unchanged or increased during the same time period. Louisiana's night driving restrictions--applicable to drivers younger than age 17 and shown to be effective in previous research--were even more effective after the law change. Fatal and injury crash involvements during the restricted hours for 15- and 16-year-olds were, respectively, 51% and 27% lower than estimated involvements if the night driving restriction had not been in effect. The results of this study provide additional evidence that elements of graduated licensing systems, such as delaying the age of full licensure and night driving restrictions, are effective in reducing the very high rate of teenage involvements in serious motor-vehicle crashes.

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    Elsevier Science, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Ulmer, R G
    • Preusser, D F
    • Ferguson, S A
    • Williams, A F
  • Publication Date: 1999


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00763558
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 831
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 14 2000 12:00AM