WISNIEWSKI: AAA REPORT ON TEEN DRIVER FATALITY REDUCTIONS MORE PROOF NJ GRADUATED LICENSE WORKING

Assembly Transportation Committee Chair Urges Further Improvements Through Enactment of Rest of Teen Driver Study Commission Recommendations

(SAYREVILLE) — A recently published AAA Foundation for Safety study on New Jersey’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program credited the program as a model responsible for a drop in fatal crashes among 17-year-old drivers in the state.

The study found that 32 percent fewer 17-year-olds were involved in fatal crashes between 2002-2005 — after the GDL was implemented — than in the period from 1998-2000 prior to its implementation. When looking at crashes occurring after midnight, the study found a 40 percent drop for 17-year-old drivers and a 17 percent drop for 18-year-old drivers. Provisions in the GDL law place a midnight curfew on all GDL holders.

After reviewing the report, Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) on Tuesday issued the following statement:

“The latest report from the AAA Foundation shows that our efforts to protect and train teen drivers through the implementation of a graduated driver’s license program is working, and working well.

“With the program’s life-saving success outlined in black and white, it is my hope that we can successfully implement the remaining priority provisions of the Teen Driver Study Commission, building a model program that continues to produce safe, educated and competent teen drivers.”

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