Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and serious injury for people ages 16-20. Young drivers are also greatly over-represented in crashes. In 2017, young drivers (ages 16-20) made up 4% of licensed drivers, but 8 percent of drivers involved in fatal, and personal injury crashes. Some of the leading causes of these crashes are excessive speed, distractions, and driver inexperience.
Young drivers lack experience. However, when parents or adult mentors (such as teachers and coaches) help them develop safe driving skills early on, teens are less likely to crash, speed, use a cellphone while driving, and more likely to buckle up.
The Graduated Driver Licensing program provides time for young people to gain critical experience in various traffic scenarios in a safe and controlled manner. In addition to learner permit restrictions, the Graduated License Law places restrictions on drivers under 18 years of age who have a junior learner permit or junior driver license.
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee provides grant funding to schools in New York state to have Survivor Advocates share their personal experiences with younger drivers, and raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, impaired driving and unsafe driving behaviors.
The “No Empty Chair” teen driving safety education and enforcement campaign raises awareness of highway dangers in the hope there will be no empty chairs during prom and graduation season. The enforcement targets specific infractions statewide during the week, as well as other vehicle and traffic law violations.
Public Service Announcement
Drugged Driving is Impaired Driving
STAY INFORMED Younger Driver Resources
Highway Safety Program Representative
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B
Albany, NY 12228