It is National Teen Driver Safety Week
In 2006, a total of 4,144 teens aged 16--19 years died, and nearly 400,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor-vehicle crashes in the United States.
The good news is that by delaying full driving privileges so that teens can gain driving experience under low-risk conditions, comprehensive graduated driver licensing systems can reduce fatal and nonfatal injury crashes of drivers aged 16 years by as much as 40%.
Strategies like extending the learner permit period, restricting night-time driving, and limiting teen passengers each contribute to crash reductions. Raising (or keeping) the minimum drinking age to 21 years and enforcing "zero" blood alcohol levels for teen drivers also has reduced motor-vehicle--related deaths and injuries.
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