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October 24, 2012 -- Road Warrior: Study Says NJ Red Decal Program Keeping Young Drivers Safe -- In this post from "Road Warrior" John Cichowski, CHOP research recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine is discussed that provides initial evidence that New Jersey's controversial Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) requirement lowers crash rates among teen drivers with an intermediate license (i.e., probationary license). He cites fingings that show 1,624 fewer crashes occurred during this period compared with monthly averages in the prior two years. Cichowski also includes quotes from Allison Curry, PhD, MPH, lead author of the study and director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics for the Center for Research and Prevention at CHOP, and Pam Fischer, who led the fight for decals in the state and other GDL provisions.

"This study was conducted by objective people of science who recognize that road crashes kill more teens than anything else," Fischer told Cichowski. "They are confirming what we have known all along -- that GDL works, so it should be enforced. And the decal is a  very effective tool for enforcing it."