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Medical, Insurance, Automotive and Safety Groups Call on Congress to Make This the "Last Deadly Summer for Teens" by Swiftly Passing Federal Teen Driving Safety Bill
Date:6/3/2009

Motor vehicle crashes are #1 killer of nation's teens; During summer months a disproportionate number of teens die in crashes.

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During this high school graduation season and at the start of the most dangerous road-travel season for teens on the nation's highways, a powerful coalition of medical, consumer, public health, safety, automotive, and insurance organizations delivered a letter today to every member of the U.S. House of Representatives urging quick passage of bi-partisan legislation (HR 1895) that would encourage all states to swiftly and uniformly adopt proven-effective model traffic safety laws to combat the number one cause of death and disabling injury of teens -- highway crashes.

The Safe Teen And Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act would establish minimum standards for state graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws, which are proven to significantly reduce death and injury among young beginning drivers and those who share the road with them. The legislation is sponsored by U.S. Representatives Tim Bishop (D-NY), Michael Castle (R-DE), Chris Van Hollen, Jr. (D-MD), and James Moran (D-VA).

The letter from leaders of the 110-group Saferoads4teens coalition in support of the STANDUP Act comes at a critical juncture because the House will soon consider the multi-year, multi-billion-dollar federal surface transportation program. The coalition letter emphasized "the unacceptable death and injury toll of novice teen drivers as well as all of us who share the road with them" and stressed the need to "address this problem through prevention -- the most effective public health strategy to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce the medical and social costs of teen crashes."

GDL laws for novice teen drivers vary widely from state to state, which has resulted in an uneven patchwork of strong and weak state GDL laws with dangerous gaps th
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