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September 13, 2000

Automobile Crashes and Teenaged Drivers

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(10):1239. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1239

To the Editor: Dr Chen and colleagues1 found that teenaged drivers are at higher risk of motor vehicle crashes when they transport passengers or drive late at night. Chen et al recommend graduated driving privileges, but the initial results of such restrictions in California have been disappointing. California's graduated licensing law restricts new drivers younger than 18 years from driving alone, driving between midnight and 5 AM, and transporting other teenaged passengers unless accompanied by a driver aged 25 years or older. In its initial year, the law effectively applied to 16-year-old drivers.

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