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Connecticut graduated driver licensing law reduces teen deaths

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles released information recently that shows the state has made some significant progress in reducing the number of teenage auto fatalities.

Statistics from the DMV's 2014 Teen Safe Driving Report indicate that no 16- or 17-year-old passenger was killed in the state in crashes that involved another 16- or 17-year-old as driver. The report also indicates there was only one death reported among young drivers who are subject to Connecticut's Graduated Driver Licensing laws.

The DMV also released information from a study conducted by the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. The study found that this significant reduction in teenage fatal accidents can be directly associated to the state's GDL law. It reported that half of all fatal car accidents for this age group occurred when the criteria of the GDL were disobeyed.

Additional highlights of the DMV report include data showing 64 percent fewer teen deaths for the years 2011 to 2014 when compared to the years 1999 to 2003. This is significant because for the years 2011 to 2014, the state's GDL laws were in place and actually strengthened, while for the years 1999 to 2003 there were no GDL laws. The report also shows there was a 13 percent decrease in crashes resulting in injuries for teenagers in 2013 compared to the two previous years.

Connecticut's GDL program includes passenger restrictions and curfews for all teen drivers. Additional components of the law include a 48-hour license suspension for any GDL violation as well as a joint two-hour parent-teen information session for any teenager who wants a license.

Source: www.ct.gov/dmv, "Teen driver, passenger fatalities at historic lows, according to new DMV report released today", May 7, 2015

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