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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2007

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, jadkins@ghsa.org

State Highway Safety Agencies React to New Teen Driving Research

Statement for Attribution to Christopher J. Murphy, Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies released a broad new research report, Driving: Through the Eyes of Teens. This comprehensive look at students’ perceptions and experiences surrounding teen driving gives us important insight into the challenges presented by teen drivers. The report will assist states as we strengthen graduated licensing laws (GDL) and develop programs and initiatives to reduce teen deaths and injuries. Among the findings of particular interest to GHSA:

GHSA is grateful for this study and looks forward to working with the researchers on future efforts to reduce teen deaths and injuries.

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Note: GHSA and the Ford Motor Company Fund have developed Driving Skills for Life (DSFL). This comprehensive, free program incorporates the four driving skills safety experts believe have the most promise of preventing crashes: Hazard Recognition, Vehicle Handling, Speed Management, and Space Management. DSFL provides learning materials for use by students, parents, educators, and instructors and is appropriate for use at home, in schools and in community settings. Visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com for more information.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org.