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Study Points to Beneficial Effects of GDL Laws on Novice Driving Skills

Monday, January 06, 2014

Earlier research has confirmed the benefits of graduated driver’s licensing programs in helping keep novice drivers safe. New research by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the University Of North Carolina also confirms this fact.

The research used fatal accident data from between 1986 and 2007, and analyzed the data to see the impact of various components of Graduated Driver’s Licensing programs across the nation.

The researchers found that the rate of fatal accidents for 16 to 17-year-olds, were approximately 21% lower when the permit holding period dropped from 9 to 12 months. When these novice drivers had a passenger restriction of no more than one passenger in the car during this period, there was an approximately 50% reduction in fatal accident rates.

An intermediate license age of 16 ½ to 17 years led to a reduction in the fatal accident rate for 16-year-olds, but there was no discernible effect on the accident rate for 17-year-olds. Also, when nighttime driving restrictions for novice drivers prevented these motorists from driving after 10 PM, there was a significant reduction in the fatal crash rate.

The study also found that when minimum learner permit holding periods were extended to at least five months, there was a significant reduction in the fatal crash rate. However, when the minimum learner permit holding period was extended to between nine and 12 months, the reduction was much greater.

What Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers found really surprising was that when the passenger restriction included a limit of just one passenger in the car, there was a much greater reduction in the fatal crash rate, compared to rules that banned passengers altogether from the car. This could be because teenage drivers are much more likely to comply with a one-passenger restriction, than with a no-passenger restriction.

Trauma Patients Benefit from Blood Transfusions

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Persons, who have suffered severe injuries and receive blood transfusions on the way to the hospital either through medical helicopter or via ground ambulance, have a much higher chance of surviving their injuries.

A recent study focused on 97 patients who suffered trauma in accidents, and who received blood transfusions or plasma transfusions either in a medical helicopter or ground ambulance on their way to the hospital.

When the researchers compared the recovery rates of the patients with patients who did not receive any transfusions on the way to the hospital, they found that the patients who received blood transfusions were approximately 8% less likely to die within six hours of arriving at the hospital. In comparison, the patients in the group that did not receive blood transfusions while on their way to the hospital had a lower chance of surviving their injuries. Persons who received blood transfusions were also 13% more likely to survive until they were discharged from the hospital.

En- route blood transfusion seems to be an effective way of intervening early in the patient's medical condition, thereby increasing his chances of surviving his injuries. Such intervention can save lives, because early intervention is key when a person has suffered severe traumatic injuries, like the kind that occur during a serious auto accident or truck accident.

Severe trauma in auto accidents can be reduced by wearing seat belts, and travelling in a car that comes with side airbag systems, frontal airbags, and other gadgets that reduce the risk of severe injuries. You can also reduce your risk of suffering serious head injuries in an accident by always wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle or bicycle.

Teen Driver Safety Bill Vetoed by Governor

Monday, November 11, 2013

A California bill that would have included stricter licensing requirements for teenage motorists and stronger curfews for novice drivers has been vetoed by the Governor.

Gov Brown recently vetoed the bill that had been introduced by Assemblyman Jim Frazier D-Oakley. Under the bill, teenage drivers would be required to maintain a learner's permit for nine months instead of the current six months. The bill would also have stricter driving restrictions for teenage drivers. The bill would ban teenage drivers from driving between 10 PM and 5 AM. These are the hours that see the highest number of accidents involving teenage drivers, and the bill would ensure fewer teenage motorists on the road during these dangerous hours.

According to the Governor, while he does agree with the need for reducing the number of accidents involving teenage drivers, it is more important now to focus on strengthening teenage driver training programs, than enacting new laws. He plans to direct agencies like the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish a stronger driver training program for teenage motorists.

In California, drivers between the age of 16 and 19 are approximately 4 times more likely to be involved in an accident, compared to other motorists. The California Department of Motor Vehicles released a report in March, which also indicated that drivers between the between the age of 16 and 19 also have the highest average annual traffic citation rate.

California has attempted to address the problem of teen motorist safety, and has some of the strongest teen driver safety laws in the country. These laws are included in the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing Program which was implemented in 1998. However, there are certain provisions in the GDL program that could be modified and enhanced, and this could help prevent more teenage car accidents.


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