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GDL Saves Teen Lives

Graduated Driver Licensing, commonly referred to as GDL, is an experience-based method for beginning drivers to earn driving privileges that are introduced in phases. This state licensing policy works by keeping teens out of high-risk driving situations (such as at night, with peer passengers) while they are given the chance to develop driving skills in lower-risk situations (such as during the day, without peer passengers) and to gain needed on-road experience before driving under more challenging conditions.

GDL is one of the few interventions proven effective at reducing fatal teen crashes. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administratio (NHTSA), in  states with comprehensive GDL programs in place report as much as a 40 percent drop in the number of fatal crashes among 16-year-old drivers. In fact, NHTSA reported a 46 percent decrease in the number of young drivers ( 15 to 20 years old) involved in fatal crashes between 2003 and 2012 -- from 7,397 to 4,283 respectively. Since 2000, most states have worked to improve their GDL by extending the learner permit period, as well as adding peer passenger and nighttime restrictions -- to great effect.

Although three components of GDL separately contribute to reduced crash rates (extended learner permit period, nighttime driving restrictions, and passenger restrictions) , GDL programs that combine all three may result in the highest crash reductions among 16-year-old drivers.

To support stronger GDL laws in your state, the first step is knowing what’s currently in place. For a state by state guide that is regularly updated by the Advocates for Highway Safety, click on http://www.saferoads4teens.org/your-state

GDL saves teen lives by promoting parent supervision.

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Boost Your State's GDL

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Boost Your State's GDL

 Download and share these fact sheets with policymakers.  

- See more at: http://www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/recommended_minimum_gdl_provisions/support_gov#sthash.rgk2yS6a.dpuf

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