Last decade, car crashes were the leading cause of teen deaths, with 16-year-old drivers possessing crash rates two times greater than 18-to-19-year-old drivers and four times that of older drivers. But Allstate and the National Safety Council think they know how to cut into the 81,000 fatalities resulting from crashes involving teen drivers between 2000 and 2009, claiming in a new report that nationwide GDL laws have the potential to prevent over 2,000 such deaths and save $13.6 billion annually.
The potential lives saved are projections based on a 2007 study, which analyzed the effect of state-level GDL programs to produce percentage reductions with respect to fatalities and dollars saved per state. The percentages from that study were applied to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's estimate of the number of young driver-related fatalities.
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