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Teen drivers: dangerous drivers on the roads

Driving on the roads in Iowa, you've probably seen a few dangerous drivers. Watching a teen talk on the phone or send a text can be frightening, especially because you know that it can cause serious accidents.

Teen drivers can be some of the most deadly on the roads. Combined with new vehicles, rules they may not be familiar with, and distractions, teens can be accidents waiting to happen. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for teenagers, even though many of the crashes could be prevented.

One of the ways the states work to keep inexperienced drivers off the road is by using a graduated licensing system. Known as a GDL, the program includes several levels for lessons on how to drive, so teens can learn over time under the supervision of successful drivers. Driving supervision and skill-building exercises are performed in these programs, helping train drivers of all ages to be safe on the roads.

Research on GDL programs has shown that a graduated driver's licensing program has been shown to reduce fatal and injury crashes by 38 to 40 percent, particularly for the youngest drivers, 16 year olds.

The leading causes of crashes for teen drivers are being distracted, driving while drowsy, driving while being reckless, driving while impaired, driving at night, driving with teen passengers, and being inexperienced. None of these reasons for crashes should be an excuse in a situation where a teen causes injuries or fatalities, but they can help explain why teens are more likely to be involved in crashes during their early years of driving.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety - Teen Drivers: Get the Facts," accessed Aug. 19, 2015

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