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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Federal Agency Recommends Graduated Driver's License Programs
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), most states, including Pennsylvania, have a graduated driver licensing program that is responsible for the permit and license process for young drivers. Statistics from federal agencies and insurance industries show teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group.
Although state laws differ, the GHSA says that traffic safety experts advise that graduated licensing programs feature the following characteristics:
1. Learners permits not issued than before age 16, with the learner stage lasting no less than six months.
2. During the learner stage, parents certify at least 30-50 hours of supervised driving practice.
3. The intermediate stage lasts until at least age 18 and includes:
- A nighttime driving restriction.
- A passenger restriction (no teenage passengers or no more than one teenage passenger).
- Restricted cell phone usage.
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