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August 2014

Increasing Safe Teenaged Driving: Time to Integrate the Growing Evidence Base

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • 2Injury Prevention Research Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • 3Public Policy Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • 4Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 5Department of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(8):703-704. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.582

Road traffic crashes, among the top 10 leading causes of death worldwide, are increasingly recognized as a public health priority.1 Regardless of a country’s licensing policies, novice drivers are at increased risk for crashes.2-4 In the United States, which allows driving at a relatively young age (14-16 years), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. With increasing awareness of the high motor vehicle crash rates among newly licensed teenaged drivers have come interventions to prevent crashes and reduce their health burden.

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