Itasca, IL – Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens between the ages of 15 and 20. More teens die annually in traffic crashes than the next three leading causes of death combined: homicide, suicide and cancer. Teen driving safety directly addresses this issue which is why it is one of the most important National Safety Council initiatives. NSC believes comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) is the most effective way to save teen lives.
Although 49 states in America have some form of GDL, only a handful have comprehensive licensing systems that allow teens to learn to drive in lower-risk situations, which gives them the best opportunity to learn the difficult skill of driving.
“We strongly support and applaud U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Tim Bishop for their leadership in sponsoring the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act, which encourages states to adopt comprehensive GDL laws,” said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO. “A substantial body of evidence demonstrates these laws reduce crashes and save lives among teen drivers, their passengers and others who share the roads.”
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes, communities and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.