A new study goes over what Arizona and other states could do to possibly reduce the number of teen deaths due to car crashes. The new effort by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says states could cut teen crash deaths by as much as 50 percent if they toughened license requirements and adopted five standards.
The standards are…
- A minimum permit age of 16
- At least 65 practice hours
- A minimum license age of 17
- A night driving restriction beginning at 8 p.m.
- Teen passenger restrictions
The study also encourages plenty of support in the home from parents and guardians.
Presently in Arizona, teens can obtain instruction permits at the age of 15.5 years. A teen has to have a permit license for six (6) months and must complete 30 hours of supervised driving.
The study claims that if the permit age is moved up to 16 years, there would be a seven (7) percent reduction in deadly crashes. If the license age was changed from 16 years old to 17 years old, the study says there would be a thirteen (13) percent reduction in fatal collisions. And, if there were no teen passengers allowed in the vehicle with a teen driver, the study says teen crash deaths would go down by sixteen (16) percent.
You can read more about the study on the organization's website.
I am sure A LOT of 15 year olds are screaming “Nooooooooooooo!!!!”
A lot of parents are liking this—very much.
What do you think?