Statement on Teen Safe Driving Provisions in House Transportation and Infrastructure Bill02/01/2012
We commend Chairman John Mica and members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for including critical safety provisions for young drivers in federal transportation legislation pending before Congress. The highway bill being considered in the House includes a critical commitment to graduated driving licensing (GDL) standards for young drivers, and makes important strides in incentivizing states to protect teens and educate them about safe driving practices.
As the process unfolds, it's important for Congress to recognize the need for a comprehensive set of approaches to youth driving safety as the most effective method to save young lives and save billions of dollars in costs related to traffic accidents involving teen drivers. While the legislation addresses and includes some very important GDL provisions, the legislation should ensure all of the following: 1) restricted licensure until age 18; 2) strengthened guidelines for nighttime driving; 3) passenger restrictions; and 4) a strong provision banning the use of cell phones and other mobile devices while driving for teens. Greater incentives for states to enact strong GDL provisions would also help to advance safer driving among our nation's young people.
We are encouraged that members of Congress from both sides of the aisle recognize the importance of a teen safe driving provision in federal transportation legislation and we strongly support the process moving forward. We will continue to work with members to ensure the strongest bill with the most protection possible for our nation's young drivers.
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