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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
New Journal of Safety Research Report Supports
Comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing Regulations

Itasca, IL – A new report published in the National Safety Council Journal of Safety Research summarizes and categorizes the progress of Graduated Driver Licensing. One study within the report reveals states with comprehensive GDL regulations have 38 percent lower fatal crash rates and 40 percent lower injury crash rates among 16-year-old drivers. The study, based on injury crashes in 25 states and fatalities in 43 states, supports the overall effectiveness of GDL in reducing teen crashes.

GDL is a research-based licensing system. It allows young drivers to gain experience and develop skills in lower-risk conditions by giving them gradual exposure to driving challenges, such as passengers and nighttime driving. According to the report, GDL has reduced:

  • Crashes among 16- and 17-year-olds in Iowa
  • Crash, injury and hospitalization rates among 16- and 17-year-olds in Delaware
  • Injury rates among 16-year-olds in New York
  • Fatality rates among 16-year-olds in California

The report, “Graduated Driver Licensing Research, 2007–Present: A Review and Commentary,” by Allan Williams, LLC, and Ruth Shults, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, identifies research over the past three years that quantifies the value of strong GDL laws in states across the nation and abroad.

“The evidence is clear: GDL saves lives,” said David Teater, NSC senior director of Transportation Initiatives. “States with the strongest GDL laws reduce fatal crashes among new drivers by almost 40 percent. GDL reduces all teen driver crashes by 20 to 40 percent. As teen crashes continue to inflict a heavy toll across the nation, NSC encourages all states to establish a comprehensive, best practice GDL model.”

To access the study, visit and search for Journal of Safety Research, Volume 41, Issue 2. Media can access the study by e-mailing

The Journal of Safety Research is the pre-eminent peer-reviewed scientific journal in the safety field. Its scholarly articles present basic and applied research in all areas of safety, including traffic, industry, farm, home, school and public.

The National Safety Council ( saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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