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July 3, 2006

Think You Know About Graduated Driver Licensing Programs?

In 2004 alone, 16-year-old drivers were involved in 957 fatal crashes that killed 1,111 people. With support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researchers from Johns Hopkins University recently completed an evaluation of graduated driver licensing programs in the United States. The authors concluded that the most comprehensive graduated driver licensing programs result in the best reduction of fatal crashes of 16-year-old drivers.

Take our quiz to determine your knowledge of graduated driver licensing programs.

1. In the United States, what is the youngest age you can obtain your learner permit?
  A. 16 years and 3 months
  B. 14 years
  C. 17 years and 9 months
  D. 15 years
2. As of May 2006, how many states have graduated driver licensing programs?
  A. 50 states
  B. 20 states and the District of Columbia
  C. 44 states and the District of Columbia
  D. 35 states
3. Graduated driver licensing programs reduce fatal crashes by 16-year-old drivers by what percentage?
  A. an average of 11%
  B. 25%
  C. 4%
  D. approximately 40%
4. Which of the following is correct? A graduated driver licensing program:
  A. is restricted to high school graduates
  B. takes away licenses from teenage drivers who are involved in crashes
  C. forbids teenage drivers to use cell phones
  D. has an intermediate stage when teens can drive without adult supervision under certain circumstances
5. In the United States, which of the following age groups of drivers has the highest fatal crash rate per 100 million miles traveled?
  A. 16-17
  B. 18-19
  C. 40-59
  D. 70 and older

* Data Source: “U.S. Licensing Systems for Young Drivers,” 2006 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute,

** Data Source: “Fatality Facts 2004: Teenagers,” Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute,