Every year an average of 4,000 teens are killed in car crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the
The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act (S. 528, H.R. 1515) is designed to encourage states to adopt minimum standards for Graduated Driver Licensing laws.
GDL laws have been proven to reduce the risk of crashes among teens by introducing them to the driving experience gradually. In states with strong GDL laws, fatal crashes among 16-year-olds have fallen by up to 40%.
States must meet the following requirements to meet minimum Graduated Driver Licensing law standards:
Roll over the letters to see how each requirement fits within the STANDUP Act.
Three stages of licensing:
learner’s permit, intermediate stage, and full licensure.
Age 16 should be the earliest age for entry into the learner’s permit process.
Nighttime driving while unsupervised should be restricted during the learner’s permit and intermediate stages, until full licensure at age 18.
Driving while using communication devices (cell phone calls, texting) should be prohibited at least until full licensure at age 18.
Unrestricted, full licensure should occur no earlier than age 18.
Passengers should be restricted – no more than one non-familial passenger under age 21 unless a licensed driver over age 21 is in the vehicle – until full licensure at age 18.