STANDUP Act Misses Mark on Teen Driver Permits

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The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protect Act (aka STANDUP Act) is federal legislation introduced to establish minimum federal requirements for state Graduated Driver License (GDL) laws and encourage all states to adopt GDL laws that meet those minimum requirements within three years.

We believe that the STANDUP Act is just plain wrong in one aspect – Novice and teen drivers need MORE, not less time behind the wheel with an adult driver.  DON’T raise the age for obtaining a permit, if anything, LOWER it.  A novice or teen driver needs many hours of supervised driver training to gain valuable on-road experience before solo driving.  Driving with an experienced adult passenger that knows how to get the greatest benefit from practice time will help train teen drivers how to respond better to different driving conditions when they are without supervision.

We encourage you to write your representative and let them know that you want to keep your roads safer from untrained drivers.  Let’s require more behind the wheel driver training.

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