New Study Pushes Tougher Iowa Teen Driving Rules

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A new study says tougher restrictions on Iowa's teenage drivers could have saved the lives of 32 young drivers in 2009.

The study report issued Tuesday includes suggested standards:
requiring drivers to be 16 before earning a learner's permit and restricting passengers to no more than one non-family passenger
under 21 unless a licensed driver older than 21 is in the vehicle.

Teen driving deaths are falling nationally but have remained flat or grown slightly among 16- to 18-year-old drivers in Iowa.

Iowa has a graduated driver's licensing program, but it's not as strict as programs in some other states.

The study was released by the Allstate Foundation, a nonprofit arm of insurance giant Allstate.

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