The STANDUP Act
Since current Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws vary state by state, there's now a push to make them more uniform by setting a national standard. In April 2009 Congressional Representatives Tim Bishop (D-NY), Michael Castle (R-DE) and Chris Van Hollen, Jr. (D-MD) introduced the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act of 2009 to the House. Known as the STANDUP Act, the bill would create a federal minimal GDL standard. For three years, states that adopt this standard as law would receive federal grants to help enforce the restrictions and educate teen drivers on the importance of complying with the law. Those states that don't adopt this standard may have some portion of their federal highway funds withheld.
When passed, STANDUP's national standards will allow teens to gradually gain experience to keep them safe:
The bill that would create the STANDUP Act was re-introduced to Congress as H.R. 1515 on April 13, 2011. To follow the bill's progress, please visit http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr1515
To learn more about STANDUP and how you can support it visit http://www.saferoads4teens.org/
Read a blog from US News & World Report in support of the Act.