Fewer 16 Year-Olds are Getting Involved in Crashes; Big Decline in Crash Rates of Beginning Drivers Over a Decade: Press Release. By the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (The Institute, Arlington, Virginia) February 24, 2005. 2 p.
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["Auto deaths involving 16-year-old drivers fell 26 percent between 1993 and 2003, a period when 46 states enacted graduated licensing laws that allow fewer 16-year-olds to drive. Among 16-year-olds who have full driving privileges, the rate of fatal crashes has not fallen, and it remains higher than that of any age group. Researchers said the difference between the two groups points to the effect of the new laws, which keep most 16-year-olds from receiving unrestricted licenses and which are intended to curb risky practices, such as carrying teenage passengers and driving at night." Sacramento Bee (February 26, 2005) A9.]