Nearly six in ten Americans support a federal law that would impose driving restrictions on teen drivers and institute a graduated driving license system. A recent national survey from Allstate Insurance shows that support for a national graduated driver licensing (GDL) law corresponds with low opinions about teen driving skills, which received the lowest ranking among all ages surveyed. Currently, the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act is pending in Congress as part of a broader bill known as Mariah’s Law, named after an Arkansas teen killed in a crash involving texting.
STANDUP would restrict nighttime driving, limit the number of passengers in a teen’s car, prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, and issuance of permits and licenses with specific age requirements through a gradual, multi-phased process. When asked about the specific provisions included in the STANDUP Act, Americans said they favor the policies. Significant findings from the survey include:
• 81% rate teenagers as “average” or “poor” drivers.
• 76% back a minimum age of 16 to receive a learner’s permit, and 69% favor requiring three stages of licensing.
• Seven in ten Americans favor restricting unsupervised nighttime driving for those under age 18, and
• 65% support restricting the number of non-family passengers for drivers under 18.
• 81% are in favor of the prohibition of cell phones or texting while driving for younger drivers.
It appears that support for STANDUP and its individual provisions crosses all age groups, geographic regions, and political affiliation. The survey of 1,000 American adults was conducted on July 13, 14, 16 and 17. Of the 1,000 adults the survey identified, 848 are drivers who hold a license and drive at least occasionally.
Source: Insurance Journal
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