Elements of the Safety Plan
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Goal 1 - Instituting Graduated Licensing for Young Drivers
Newly licensed drivers with less than a year’s experience have the highest crash rate of any driver group. Young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest fatality rate per 100,000 population. Younger drivers are also disproportionately represented in crashes where alcohol is a factor. A lack of driving experience and a tendency toward risk taking also contribute to the sobering crash statistics for young drivers. In light of these facts, it is altogether reasonable and fair to target young drivers for safety measures that are tailored to address their driving behavior.