Teen Driving and Safety

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State College High School student Tanner Curley looks back as he parallel parks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hour 2

Do you remember learning to drive as a teenager?  Have you recently taught one of your kids the rules of the road?  Teens behind the wheel unnerve a lot of us and for good reason.  Teens are four times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than adult drivers and vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.  A bill in the Pennsylvania legislature, House Bill 9, sponsored by Representative Katherine Watson, would increase practice time by 15 hours and limit the number of passengers allowed to ride with a new teen driver. And New Jersey has gone even further in trying to reduce risks and improve teen driving.  This hour, we’ll talk about teen driving and safety with DR. DENNIS DURBIN, a pediatric emergency physician and the co-director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Then we’ll hear from PAM FISCHER, a traffic safety consultant in New Jersey who chairs the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition and New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commission.

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