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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 8:48am

Strong driver's license laws have led to fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds but with a disturbing side effect - more fatal accidents among 18-year-olds, a nationwide study found.

Many states require young drivers to get extensive experience, including driving with an adult, before getting a full license. But in most states those laws only apply to those younger than 18. The new study suggests some teens are just putting off getting a license until they turn 18 - meaning they have little experience and higher odds for a deadly crash.

Curbs on youngest drivers may have bad side effect-

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Registered: 09-20-2011
In reply to: cmkristy
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 3:37pm

We live in South Jersey and my 16 year old son just finished his driving classes and has a permit .He will not be eligible for his license for six months. I like the idea because unlike when I got my license in PA many years ago, there is a waiting period between permit and license. I think it is good for teens to get plenty of practice before they take the drivers test and get out

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In reply to: cmkristy
Thu, 09-15-2011 - 8:11pm

I had 2 friends from high school who were twin brothers.

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In reply to: cmkristy
Thu, 09-15-2011 - 8:06pm

Ouch Kristy

With two 18 year old drivers

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In reply to: cmkristy
Thu, 09-15-2011 - 1:10pm
I actually think the observing part is important. While I agree that kids have been "observing" their parents drive for quite some time, how much have they really paid attention to while doing that so called observing, and when they were observing before they had book instruction or even gotten behind the wheel themselves, how much of what mom and dad were doing did they observe them doing incorrectly? I'm not saying by any means that parents drive incorrectly or anything, but we all know that we all develop habits of driving over the years that are not exactly always completely legal, or what is taught in driver education classes.

While my ODD has had to give directions to my parents while driving when they come to visit us each year, its interesting to see when you get your child behind the wheel and tell them to drive someplace they've likely went a ton of times, and they realize while they have been there and been driven there a ton of times, that doesn't mean they have really truly paid attention or observed enough to know how to get there on their own, or without specific directions from an adult. As part of that observing for the lessons, they are seeing other kids make (most likely) the same kinds of mistakes we all made as new drives, but they also will see the instructor give them instructions, tips, corrections, etc. right as it is happening. I think that's the important part of the observing.
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In reply to: cmkristy
Thu, 09-15-2011 - 12:18pm

My son just got his learner's permit a week ago.

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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 10:12am
The laws here in Texas used to be that once you hit 18, you could just get your license, but with the research and trends on it, they passed new laws that now have a graduated license requirement regardless of how old you are. I think its a smart idea, just because you turn the magic age of 18 doesn't mean you are any more prepared to drive a vehicle than you did 2 years ago at age 16.
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Thu, 09-15-2011 - 8:56am

Here, graduated licensing does not have any age restrictions. Every new driver has to go through it,no matter if they are 16 or 60.