Author Affiliation: Preusser Research Group, Inc, Trumbull, Conn.
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
McCartt AT. Graduated Driver Licensing Systems: Reducing Crashes Among Teenage Drivers. JAMA. 2001;286(13):1631–1632. doi:10.1001/jama.286.13.1631
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