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Restricting Teen Drivers Saves Lives

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According to the Tacoma News Tribune, a recent study indicated that placing restrictions on teen drivers leads to decreased deaths among sixteen year old drivers.

WASHINGTON – Laws that set numerous strict conditions before teenagers can get a license can reduce fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers by up to 21 percent, public health researchers say.

The number of restrictions placed on teen drivers had a direct correlation with the reduction of risk to teens.

Some of the restrictions include:

• A minimum age of 151/2 for earning a learner’s permit.

• A waiting period of at least three months after getting a learner’s permit before applying for an intermediate license.

• A minimum of 30 hours of supervised driving.

• A minimum age of 16 for obtaining an intermediate license.

• A minimum age of 17 for full licensing.

• Driving restrictions at night.

• A restriction on carrying passengers.

Do you think that these restrictions are a good idea? I remember my driving skills as a sixteen year old with no restrictions – I’m lucky to be here today. From a personal injury attorney’s point of view, I believe that the restrictions are a good idea. Many teen drivers are not experienced enough to anticipate danger and consequence.