Through a grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life and GHSA, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission partnered with the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance's (CPAA's) Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program (YMPEP) for a campaign warning teens about the dangers of marijuana-impaired driving.
Teen and Novice Drivers
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs allow young drivers to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges. Most programs include three stages:
- Learner Stage: supervised driving, cumulating with a driving test;
- Intermediate Stage: limiting unsupervised driving in high risk situations; and
- Full Privilege Stage: a standard driver's license.
During the 1990s, many states began enacting GDL laws. The programs and types of restrictions vary from state to state. Below are some highlights:
- Cell Phones/Texting: 38 states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice drivers. (See GHSA's Cell Phone laws page for more information.)
- Nighttime Driving Restriction: All states except Vermont restrict nighttime driving during the intermediate stage.
- Passenger Restriction: 46 states and D.C. restrict the number of passengers during the intermediate stage.
- Novice Driver Decal: New Jersey is the only state with a measure requiring those younger than 21 without full-privilege licenses to display a decal on their vehicle identifying them as new drivers.
NOTE: GHSA does not compile any additional data on GDL laws other than what is presented here. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.
Ford Driving Skills for Life hosted four sessions of its teen driver safety training in Columbus, Ohio. The program, founded by Ford Motor Company Fund and GHSA, helps young drivers improve their skills in hazard recognition, vehicle handling, and speed and space management.
Story by Danielle Grossman
June 9, 2019
In 2018, Montana’s State Highway Traffic Safety Office (SHTSS) was awarded grants by both Ford Driving Skills for Life and The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc.'s partnerships with GHSA. With these funds, SHTSS launched a statewide contest between Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapters to create peer-to-peer teen safe driving campaigns, with an emphasis on drowsy driving.
The winner of the South Dakota's annual "Lessons Learned SD" teen driver safety contest has been announced. South Dakota Office of Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl discusses the contest's impact.
May 24, 2019
As traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens and young adults, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) "Peer-to-Peer Teen Traffic Safety Program Guide," prepared by GHSA, examines the components of successful peer-to-peer programs.
As prom season approaches, Ford Driving Skills for Life visited students in Pennsylvania to encourage safe driving behaviors including refraining from getting behind the wheel impaired or distracted.
Story by Russ O'Reilly
March 27, 2019
2019 marks Ford Driving Skills for Life's "Sweet 16." As a new national tour kicks off, Ford DSFL is adding to the mix a new drowsy driving suit, programming on the unique needs of rural areas, and modules on vehicle safety technology.
Story by Jay Lasco
February 1, 2019
The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety has completed another year of its "Lessons Learned SD" campaign, which encourages young drivers to watch and respond to safe driving videos. Office of Highway Safety Director and GHSA Treasurer Lee Axdahl comments on the campaign.
September 19, 2018