States Should Adopt Graduated Driver Licensing
Support is Strong
As indicated in Section V, support is strong across all segments of society for graduated driver licensing. Any state that considers a graduated driver licensing system will have active and widespread support from many state, county and municipal officials, including law enforcement officers and motor vehicle administrators.
Resources are Available
The resource section of this book (Appendix D) lists a number of state and private sector resources for jurisdictions considering adoption or expansion of a graduated driver licensing system. In particular, the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances offers both model legislation (included in this manual) and suggested code language in the Uniform Vehicle Code.
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) represents the departments of motor vehicles in the states, as well as Canadian provinces. AAMVA has an array of resources available to states, including model programs and publications, developed for general driver licenses, commercial driver licenses and motorcycle operator permits, including: knowledge test; skills test; model driver manual; and model driver examiner's manual.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has numerous resources available to assist in the implementation of a graduated driver licensing system. It has ten regional offices around the country, in addition to the Washington headquarters.
Every Governor has appointed a Governor's Highway Safety Representative to oversee highway safety programs in the state. Check the resource section of this manual for information on how to contact them.
The most important message is that resources and help are at hand. If your jurisdiction is serious about tackling the problem of teen drivers through adoption of a graduated driver licensing system, there is a great deal of assistance available to help you develop and go forward with the best possible program.
Safety Benefits are Both Immediate and Long Term
Teenagers are over-represented in traffic crashes. As adults, it is our responsibility to find a better way of introducing young drivers to the experience of driving. Studies show that graduated driver licensing is a better way.
By reducing the risk exposure of teenage drivers and allowing them time to mature before we give them the keys and unlimited use of the car, we will increase the likelihood that they will safely make it through their early driving years. And by creating safer teen drivers today, we also are helping them become safer, more responsible young adult drivers tomorrow.