New Laws May Help Reduce Maryland Teen Driver Accidents

February 11, 2009 by  
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An article in today’s Washington Post outlines several steps being taking by the legislatures in Maryland and Virginia to put limitations on teen drivers, which proponents claim will increase safety on the roads and decrease the risk of teen accidents.

Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for young adults and teenagers. According to data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of a car crash for teen drivers between 16 and 19 is four times greater than for older drivers.

Maryland teen drivers may soon be required to wait longer to obtain a driver’s license and further restrictions could be placed on their ability to drive at night. The new bills propose raising the teenagers to get a learner’s permit to 16 years old (it is currently 15 years, 9 months) and require that they wait until they are 16 years, 6 months before they obtain a restricted provisional driver’s license. They would not be permitted to get a full license until their 18th birthday.

The law would also require that teenage drivers in Maryland have their cars off the road before 11 p.m., as opposed to the midnight deadline for driving that is currently in place. The penalties for breaking these rules would also be stiffened.

If these bills are passed and enacted as law, hopefully have a positive impact on the safety of our roads and reduce the number of people who will need the services of our Maryland accident attorneys.

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