Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Driving Limits for Teens?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Driving Limits for Teens?

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When young drivers are tempted to hurtle over hills or drag-race down deserted highways, a drivers license becomes a license to thrill - sometimes a license to kill.

Federal health officials say states should consider restricting the licenses.

The proposal was made Thursday in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on risky driving among teens in Gwinnett County, an Atlanta suburb. A study conducted by the disease control center, Georgia and county officials found that more than one-fourth of the crashes in the county involved at least one teen-age driver.

"Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16- to 20-year-olds," said Jennifer Luallen, a CDC epidemiologist. "We feel that many - if not most - of these deaths are preventable."

Nationwide, about 6,000 youths ages 16 to 20 die each year in traffic accidents. Teens represent about 7 percent of the nation's population but account for 17 percent of the victims of fatal crashes. …

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