California Teen Driver Deaths Drop
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2008 Nov 18
California's Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law has contributed to a significant drop in at-fault crashes involving 16-year-old drivers, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The 2006 law has also resulted in a 40 percent decrease in teen passenger deaths and injuries involving 16-year-old drivers.
A recent study, conducted by the Auto Club of Southern California, examined fatal and injury crashes where inexperienced teen drivers were at fault both before and after GDL took effect in January 2006. Before the new law in 2004 and 2005, the state had an average of 81.5 at-fault fatal and injury crashes among 16-year-olds between 11 p.m. and midnight. The number of fatal and injury crashes decreased to an average of 54 in 2006 and 2007 after the law took effect.