Teen Driver Safety Laws
Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15 – 20-year-olds. As parents and members of the community, we must carefully teach teens the rules of the road. States must also enact laws that ensure new drivers get as much experience behind the wheel as possible before they are able to have an unrestricted license and can drive alone.
We support comprehensive teen driving safety laws that include zero tolerance for drinking alcohol and driving under the age of 21, primary safety belt requirements, graduated driver licensing and a complete ban on texting and cell phone use while driving for novice teen drivers.
Even though underage drinking has declined, underage drinking and driving continues to be a factor in alcohol-related traffic fatalities among people under 21.
We urge parents to read the statistics, share them with their teens, and serve as role models for their children, clearly outlining expectations for safe driving and consequences if the rules aren’t followed. We strive to prevent dangerous driving behavior among our nation’s youth.
To learn more about our full position on Teen Driver Safety laws check our full policy position here.