Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
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.
Males M. Automobile Crashes and Teenaged Drivers. JAMA. 2000;284(10):1239. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1239