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Graduated licensing comes to the United States
  1. Allan F Williams
  1. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 1005 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22201–4751, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Williams, Senior Vice President, Research
 (e-mail: awilliams{at}


Objective—To describe the young driver problem and the emergence of graduated licensing as a way to address it.

Methods—Literature review and commentary.

Results—Twenty four states in the United States adopted versions of graduated licensing in 1996–98; initial results show positive effects.

Conclusions—A major public health movement is under way that can be expected to produce significant reductions in crashes and injuries involving young drivers.

  • teenagers
  • motor vehicle injuries
  • driver licensing

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