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Recommended Minimum GDL Provisions

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs are a proven strategy to prevent teen driver crashes. Research shows that most teen crashes involve "rookie" mistakes. Teens need time to gain driving experience under low-risk conditions and with minimum distractions. That's why GDL provisions are in place—to reduce teen driver crash risk by limiting their exposure to certain hazards, including distractions such as passengers and cell phones.

Over the past decade, states than enacted strong GDL laws have seen substantial decreases in fatal teen crashes. The research about the effectiveness of specific GDL provisions is evolving and there is tremendous variability in state laws across the country. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association tracks state GDL laws. Read more from GHSA.

As part of Moving Forward for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), Congress’ reauthorization for the US Department of Transportation, a set of minimum provisions for GDL were determined based on the current state of science in January 2013.   Read More about MAP-21.



Recommended minimum GDL provisions guide practice.

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