An Update on the effectiveness of Teen Driving Restrictions

According to an article published September 12, 2011 in the New York Times, a nationwide study showed that tougher licensing laws for teen drivers might not be as effective as everything thought or hoped.  (read the article here.) Teen Driving Solutions has long argued that licensing restrictions and tougher laws for 16 and 17 year old drivers was an attempt to kick the can down the road.  Why?  Because restrictions don’t produce skill, training produces skill.  Let me explain it this way. Graduated Driver Licenses restrict 16-17 year old drivers from being on the road during the evening hours on weekends because statistically, this is when 54% of teenage vehicle fatalities occurred.  Obviously, if teens are no longer allowed on the road during this time period, it stands to reason we would see reductions in the number of fatalities for this age group. But as this NYT article clearly points
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Why laws, driving restrictions advancements in vehicle safety technology can’t prevent teenage vehicle fatalities.

The latest tragedy involving a teenage driver in North Carolina occurred early Saturday morning (August 6, 2011) and resulted in the death of one of the teenage passengers.   According to the news reports, a 17 year old girl driving a 1995 Nissan lost control and overturned the vehicle around 2:00 a.m.  A 16 year old passenger was killed, an 18 year old passenger was ejected and four other teenage passengers (aged 14-19) were taken to the hospital. Sadly, there is more tragedy found in the story.  The driver did not have a license and according to Police, was driving impaired.  She will not only face charges for not having a license and driving while impaired, but most likely, other charges will result from the death of her passenger. In North Carolina, like many other states, a valid state issued driver license is required by law to drive an automobile.  Based
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The GRIP on Life Teen Driving Seminar gets new sponsor

Teen Driving Solutions is pleased to announce that The O’Gara Group, Training and Services Division have agreed to supply the training vehicles for the June 26th class date. The O’Gara Group has offered up their fleet of special equipped Ford Crown Victoria’s for the students to use in their behind the wheel training activities. We’re grateful for their support and especially for their interest in the safety education and training of our teenage drivers. Being a company responsible for training some of our country’s Special Forces personal, they understand the value of education and training curriculums such as the one we offer to teenagers.
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It Can Happen to YOU!

Since the first of June, 6 teenagers in Central North Carolina have lost their lives in vehicle crashes. A 17 year old high school senior died in a Harnett County crash when her car ran off the road on N.C. Highway 210 and she over-corrected while bringing the vehicle back onto the roadway. After losing control, she hit another vehicle head-on and died at the scene. The day prior, 3 teenage boys were killed when the 16 year old driver lost control while speeding at over 120 mph. The driver and two of the three passengers were killed when the vehicle struck at tree at approximately 90 mph. And just prior to that crash, another teen lost his life when he took his sister’s car for a joyride at 1:00 a.m. and the vehicle rolled over after he ran off the road. A passenger who was a neighbor of this
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AAA Highlights Deadliest Driving Days for Teen Drivers

On June 10, 2011, AutoWeek.com published a story based on a recent study by AAA. According to the story, June 10th is one of the 10 deadliest days for teenagers to be on the road. Additionally, they go on to state that 6 of those 10 critical driving days fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day and five are in July. With July quickly approaching, parents should take note of the following days AAA claims are historically known to include teenage vehicle fatalities. Those dates are as follows: July 2 July 4 July 9 July 15 July 23 In this AutoWeek article, AAA spokeswoman Christie Hyde provided the following quote. “Parents must realize that there is no summer break from safety and be vigilant about remaining involved and enforcing rules with their teens.” It is worth adding that teenagers also need to be vigilant and aware of the dangers driving
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