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October 3, 2001

Graduated Driver Licensing Systems: Reducing Crashes Among Teenage Drivers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Preusser Research Group, Inc, Trumbull, Conn.

JAMA. 2001;286(13):1631-1632. doi:10.1001/jama.286.13.1631

Whether based on miles driven or population, the crash risk for teenage drivers in the United States exceeds that for any other age group. The crash risk is highest among 16- and 17-year-old drivers,1 presumably due to the increased exposure and risks associated with the initiation of independent driving. The amount of driving increases dramatically when teenagers obtain a driver's license,2 and the risk of a crash or citation is considerably higher during the first few months and the first 500 miles driven following licensure than during subsequent months.3