Licensing age issues : deliberations from a workshop devoted to this topic

Williams, Allan F., McCartt, Anne T., Mayhew, Daniel R., & Watson, Barry C. (2012) Licensing age issues : deliberations from a workshop devoted to this topic. Traffic Injury Prevention, 14(3), pp. 237-243.

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Objective: To highlight the issues and discuss the research evidence regarding safety, mobility, and other consequences of different licensing ages.

Methods: Information included is based on presentations and discussions at a one-day workshop on licensing age issues, and a review and synthesis of the international literature.

Results: The literature indicates that higher licensing ages are associated with safety benefits. There is an associated mobility loss, more likely to be an issue in rural states. Legislative attempts to raise the minimum age for independent driving in the United States, e.g., from 16 to 17, have been resisted, although in some states the age has been raised indirectly through graduated driver licensing (GDL) policies.

Conclusions: Jurisdictions can achieve reductions in teenage crashes by raising the licensing age. This can be done directly, or indirectly by strengthening GDL systems, in particular extending the minimum length of the learner period.

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ID Code: 57158
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2012.702249
Keywords: teens, licensing age, graduated driver licensing, legislation
DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2012.702249
ISSN: 1538-9588
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2013 22:58
Last Modified: 06 May 2013 11:36

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