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October 23, 2012

New Public Health Blog -- Keeping Teen Drivers Safe Through Public Health Law: Allison Curry Q&A

NewPublicHealth Blog -- In this blog post for public health professionals, Allison Curry, PhD, MPH, director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP, answers questions about a new study she authored published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The study, which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provides initial evidence that New Jersey’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) decal requirement lowers crash rates among teen drivers with an intermediate license (i.e., probationary license). The decal requirement, also known as Kyleigh’s Law, also supports the ability of police to enforce GDL provisions. In the post, Dr. Curry explains her research, as well as the need for decals as part of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), the controversy surrounding NJ's decision to implement the decal requirement, and what parents can do to keep their teens safe on the road.