Keeping teens safe behind the wheel
January 5, 2010
We all know that teenagers are among the most dangerous drivers on the road, and that was true even before cell phones, text messaging and GPS navigation systems greatly increased the potential distractions for drivers. As we learn more about the special challenges facing teens behind the wheel, including biological as well as social differences that make them more susceptible to driving distraction, states are moving to pass stricter laws regulating teen drivers. Joining Marty in-studio today is FLAURA KOPLIN-WINSTON, M.D., Ph.D., Founder and Co-Scientific Director of The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. And we’ll call out to Bucks County Republican State Rep. KATHARINE WATSON, author of Pennsylvania House bills seeking to tighten rules for teen drivers. Then we’ll hear from PAMELA FISCHER, Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, about the Garden State’s laws attempting to protect teen drivers.
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For more information, see:
- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Young Driver Research Initiative
- The New Jersey Governor's Teen Driver Study Commission