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Auto and Road User Journal
February 1, 1997
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Maryland Man Amazed
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Drivers Voice Support For Zero Tolerance, Graduated Licensing: Parents of Teenage Children Voice the Strongest Support, Also Favor Driving Curfews

(This article was published in the May 4, 1996 (Vol. 31, No. 4) issue of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's "Status Report.")

Fewer motorists now admit to driving under the influence of alcohol than did a decade ago. There's strong support for zero tolerance laws and graduated licensing laws for beginning drivers. These are the findings of a new study from the Insurance Research Council.

In a national survey, 21 percent of licensed drivers reported driving after drinking, compared with 37 percent in 1985. Men are more than twice as likely as women to report such behavior.

The survey found overwhelming support for zero alcohol tolerance laws for young drivers. Seventy-six percent of respondents favor these laws for drivers younger than 21 who, under zero tolerance, would lose all driving privileges if caught driving with any alcohol in their blood.

Zero tolerance laws are particularly supported by parents of teenage children. Eighty-two percent of respondents with children 13-17 years old rate the idea as excellent or good. Parents also support graduated licensing programs . . . and nighttime driving curfew laws for people younger than 18. They support a licensing age of 18 or older.

Sixty-nine percent of parents of children 13-17 said they favor graduated licensing. The same percentage favor night driving curfews for teenagers. Sixty percent of parents said making teenagers wait until age 18 or older for their licenses is an excellent or good idea.

These survey findings are included in Public Attitude Monitor 1995. For a copy ($10 each), write: Insurance Research Council, 211 South Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187.


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