June 30th, 2015|
Motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of accidental injury and death among teenagers today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that teens account for only 14 percent of the United States’ population, yet the demographic makes up almost one-third of total costs for motor vehicle injuries.
The Birmingham car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that one of the best ways to protect our nation’s young people from dangers behind the wheel is a graduated licensing program. The system allows teen drivers to slowly gain independence while gaining experience behind the wheel. This works by limiting the times teens can drive, the amount of passengers they can carry, and the activities they can perform behind the wheel.
Alabama’s graduated licensing program has been lauded as a success in the past, but some lawmakers feel stricter regulations are still needed. According to Montgomery Advertiser, District Attorney Randall Houston is pushing for teens to not only be required to have more supervised driving hours, but to also face more stringent penalties if caught violating the restricted driving policies.
Current regulations call for violations to be punishable by a six month extension of the extended driving period or until the violator turns 18. Houston is asking legislators to approve a bill that would not only bump a violator back down to a learner’s permit, but would also call for a $250 fine for the teen and a $500 fine for any adult that knowingly lets a teen break the rules.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we believe the graduated licensing system plays an important role in keeping motorists safe. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are anxious to see if the new rules are adopted.