- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

Most states, including Pennsylvania, have a graduated driver licensing program that oversees the permitting and licensing of young drivers. Federal and insurance industry statistics show teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group.

State laws differ. But according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, traffic safety experts recommend that graduated licensing programs include the following characteristics:

1. Learners permits issued no earlier than age 16, with the learner stage lasting at least six months.

2. Parents certify at least 30-50 hours of supervised practice during the learner stage.

3. Intermediate stage lasts until at least age 18 and includes:

_ Nighttime driving restriction starting.

_ Passenger restriction (no teenage passengers or no more than one teenage passenger).

_ Restricted cell phone usage.

Source: Governors Highway Safety Association

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On the Net:

GHSA graduated driver license site: http://tinyurl.com/bqu8bs

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