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Pay attention to your physical state. Don’t drive when you are sleepy. If you are tired, do something to refresh your- self, such as rolling down the window or turning on the radio. If you are extremely tired, pull over at the nearest rest stop and call home. Pay attention to your emotional state. If you are angry or feeling other strong emotions, don’t drive. Your mental state can affect your judgment and reaction time as much as your physical state can. Teen Driving Safety The National Center for Statistics and Analysis reports that 8,155 drivers between 15 and 20 years old were killed in automobile acci- dents in the year 2000. According to the CDC, teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to speed, run red lights, make illegal turns, ride with an intoxicated driver, and drive after using alcohol or drugs. Teens are also more likely than older drivers to underestimate the dangers in hazardous situations, and they have less experience adjust- ing to these situations. In an effort to reduce the number of teen deaths in car crashes, some states have adopted a graduated driver’s licensing program. A is a licensing program that gradually increases a new driver’s driving privileges over time as experi- ence and skill are gained. This system allows a new driver to improve his or her driving skills while under the supervi- sion of an older driver. Over time, a teen driver gains more skill, and the driving restrictions are lifted. ver’s license (GDL) graduated dri- 720 Chapter 27 Injury Prevention and Safe Behaviors N early 80 percent of high school students report that they wear safety belts when riding in a car with someone. Female students are more likely than male students to wear safety belts. Being supervised by an experienced driver can help a teen improve his or her driving skills. What are three of the common-sense rules of vehicular safety?
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721 Lesson 3 Safety on the Road Should All States Adopt Graduated Driver’s Licensing for Teen Drivers? Some states have adopted a system of graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) for teens. This system is based on the idea that a teen with a new driver’s license needs time and guidance to gain driving experience and skills in reduced-risk settings. More than half of all states have GDL laws. Should the remaining states also adopt GDL laws for new drivers? Here are two points of view. Viewpoint 1: Ryan D., age 17 Studies have shown that states with GDL laws have experienced reductions in crashes and traffic violations. I think all states should adopt these laws. When you’re behind the wheel, you’re responsible for yourself and others. Viewpoint 2: Shandra L., age 16 I see Ryan’s point, but I’m not sure all states need to adopt this system. I think the privilege of driving should be based on skill, not on age, especially in states that don’t have high crash rates involving teens.
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