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NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK

The Gloucester Township Police Department acknowledges National Teen Driver Safety Week.  

From national safety council:

GDL is a novice driver licensing system that is proven effective at reducing teen drivers' high crash risk by 20-40%. States with stronger, comprehensive GDL systems see a higher reduction in teen crashes. GDL reduces teen driver exposure to high crash risk situations, such as nighttime driving and teen passengers. This allows new drivers to build experience and skills in lower-risk conditions.

Reduce risk

All new drivers can make incorrect decisions behind the wheel. However, teens bring to the road a unique mix of inexperience, distraction, peer pressure and a tendency to underestimate risk.

Most Americans learn to drive during the teen years, when the brain is not fully mature. Recent research is beginning to give us insight into why many teens have difficulty regulating risk-taking behavior:

  • The area of the brain that weighs consequences, suppresses impulses and organizes thoughts does not fully mature until about age 25.
  • Hormones are more active in teens, which influence the brain’s neurochemicals that regulate excitability and mood. The result can be thrill-seeking behavior and experiences that create intense feelings.

Develop Skills

Driver education programs play a role in preparing teens to drive, but should not be viewed as the end of the learning-to-drive process. In order to develop safe driving skills, inexperienced drivers need opportunities to improve through gradual exposure to increasingly-challenging driving tasks. Teens become safer drivers with more driving experience.

In some states, the completion of driver education qualifies a teen for full driving privileges. The National Safety Council believes this is not a wise approach. Research shows that significant hours of behind-the-wheel experience are necessary to reduce crash risk. Parent involvement and Graduated Driver Licensing play important roles in developing skills.

From MVC:

All permit or probationary (formerly provisional) drivers under age 21 must display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back) of any motor vehicle they operate (P.L. 2009, c.37-Kyleigh’s Law, eff. May 1, 2010).

Drivers under 21 subject to New Jersey's Graduated Driver License (GDL) requirements:

·         Special learner's permit

·         Examination permit

·         Probationary (formerly Provisional) license

http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/TeenDriving/GDL/Pages/GraduatedDriverLicensing.aspx

http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/FirstTime.htm

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Teen Drivers please contact the GTPD Community Relations Bureau at 856-374-3513 or email communityrelations@gtpolice.com  

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