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Graduated license law aims at decreasing auto accidents

Being a good role model can also reflect in teen’s driving.

A new graduated driver license system may decrease auto accidents among young drivers in New York, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

The law now requires that individuals with a junior permit drive for 50 supervised hours before they take a road test, according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Fifteen of the hours must be at night. The law also prohibits them from driving with more than one non-family passenger under 21 at a time.

“Immaturity and lack of driving experience are the two main factors leading to high crash rates among teens,” said Michael Barry, vice president of media relations for III. “Even the best teenage drivers don’t have the judgment that comes with experience.”

In addition to following GDL laws, the III suggests that teens take a driver’s education course and enroll in a safe driver program. By picking a safe car and being a good role model, parents can help reduce the likelihood of an accident, which can significantly increase auto insurance premiums.

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for people age 15 to 20, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. Drivers in that age range accounted for 12 percent of all motor vehicle operators involved in fatal car crashes in 2008.

Posted: February 23, 2010

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