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Youth and Driving Don't Always Mix Safely
Date:5/23/2009

y're about safety, and they come from a place of love."

McCartt's group has recommended a tougher solution: Raise the driving age to 17 or 18. She points to New Jersey, which is the only state that issues licenses at 17 and which has a consistently lower rate of teen deaths in car crashes than its neighboring states.

"Teen drivers are not good at even identifying whether something's risky or not," McCartt said. "The evidence from New Jersey suggests other states would benefit substantially from increasing the age at which teens get their license."

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have more on the risks of teen driving.



SOURCES: Kenneth R. Ginsburg, M.D., behavioral science investigator, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Arlington, Va.


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