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March 6, 2012

At A Glance

Specialists to discuss graduated driver licensing law

University of Iowa safety specialists, representatives from the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the family of a victim of a deadly crash involving a teenage driver will brief journalists at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Rembolt Conference Room of the UI’s Center for Disabilities and Development about Iowa's graduated driver licensing law (GDL).

In the past five years, 162 Iowa teen drivers, ages 14-17, have lost their lives in traffic accidents. The number of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths in passenger vehicles has increased 11 percent.

Research has shown that improving the structure of driver licensing systems can reduce teen driver crashes.

Through a grant provided by The Allstate Foundation, the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has partnered with UI Children's Hospital and Blank Children's Hospital to educate Iowa's pediatricians and lawmakers on current GDL laws and changes that can be made to improve teen driving safety in Iowa.

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