DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A new study shows that graduated driver's license programs, such as what is in place in Ohio, are reducing the number of fatal teen accidents.
The Dayton Daily News ( http://bit.ly/qSDC9B ) reports that 107 drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 died in 2007, the year Ohio's program was introduced. That number fell to 73 in 2010.
The American Medical Association study directly links graduated license programs with lower death rates.
Ohio's program restricts the driving of teenage motorists, requiring they get 50 hours of supervised driving before age 16, and then forbidding them from driving during certain hours at night until age 18.
The goal of the program is to make sure teens have more experience before driving in hazardous situations, like at night or with multiple passengers.
Here is a story from WCMHNBC4 detailing the improved driving course for teens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqpvbhXTTT4&feature=fvst
Do you think your teen is ready to tackle the open road? What were driving courses like when you were a teen?