(Des Moines) The Omaha World Herald says tougher restrictions on Iowa’s teenage drivers could have saved the lives of 32 young drivers and $200 million in 2009. That is according to a report released by the Allstate Foundation, a non-profit branch of insurance giant Allstate, on graduated driver licensing laws, which place restrictions on teen drivers that are eased as they mature and gain experience.
The report is advising tougher standards including requiring drivers to be 16 before earning a learners permit, extending restrictions on drivers through the age 17 and restricting passengers to no more than one nonfamily passenger under age 21 unless a licensed driver older than 21 is in the vehicle.
The report says the estimate of lives saved was based on a 2007 national review of state graduated driver licensing laws. And nationally, if all states implemented such laws, an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion could have been saved.
December 7, 2011