Impact of a Graduated Driver's License Law on Crashes Involving Young Drivers in New York State | Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Motor vehicle crashes constitute the greatest risk of injury for young adults. Graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws have been used to reduce the number of injuries and deaths in the young driver population. The New York State GDL law increased supervision of young driver and limited both time-of-day driven and number of passengers. This review from Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery examines the impact of a GDL enacted in New York in September 2003. The use of a GDL law in New York State has shown a large decrease in the number of fatalities and personal-injury (PI) crashes involving young drivers. The delay in full driver privileges from the GDL did not result in an increase in fatal or PI crashes in the next older age group.