Is the Federal government trying to impose driver licensing laws? Shouldn't that be determined by
each state?

Teen car crashes pose a safety issue. Implementing minimum standards for new drivers would help save lives, much like the minimum drinking age bill President Reagan signed into law and the .08% minimum Blood Alcohol Content bill President Clinton signed into law.

Many states are in poor financial shape right now. Isn't this the wrong time to be forcing unfunded mandates on the states?

The STANDUP Act would authorize $25 million in grants annually for three years to help give states the resources they need to put new standards in place.

Many families and businesses rely on teen drivers. Won't restrictions make it hard for teens to work?

No. At 16½ when a teen qualifies for an intermediate stage license, the only restrictions are cell phone use, driving at night as determined by each state and driving with more than 1 non-family member under 21.

You can't stop accidents. How do you know Graduated Drivers Licensing laws will save teen lives?

Drivers between 16-20 years old have a fatality rate four times higher than for drivers 25-70 years old, but states with strong GDL laws have shown up to a 40 percent reduction in deaths among 16-year-olds.

Are national Graduated Driver Licensing laws especially unfair to people where transportation needs are different?

Key national Graduated Driver Licensing provisions now before Congress are flexible to the working needs of rural teens by recognizing an existing class of license that permits drivers younger than 18 to operate motor vehicles used to run a family-owned farm.

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