We are a coalition of more than 35 organizations committed to helping teens leverage the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). We represent state and local government, law enforcement and public health agencies, traffic safety and injury prevention organizations, academia, businesses, teens, parents and crash victims.
While teen crashes and fatalities nationwide fell to record lows in 2010, our goal is zero -- no crashes, injuries or fatalities. Ensuring that teens survive the most dangerous time of their life is not just the responsibility of parents, police and school officials, but every citizen.
Led by Dr. Kelly Browning, the executive director for Impact Teen Drivers, our Coalition is working collaboratively to effect change in California. We invite you to learn about our initiatives and to join us. There are no monthly meetings or membership dues; your only obligation is to help spread the word about California's GDL program.
Identify members in targeted geographic areas (including local law enforcement) to faciliate success through school-based teen traffic safety programs.
Identify partnerships and increase number of scheduled school presentations
Promote existing traffic safety resources to teens, parents and community members.
Formalize a distribution network for disseminating teen and parent education programs and tools
Sustainability of CA Coalition.
Increase coverage through use of volunteers in civic groups and teen leadership groups with efforts funded through available sources
Build an infrastructure to support and emphasize teen safe driving practices including GDL.
Develop structured processes, available resources and approved programs for community use
Engage three law enforcement agencies to pilot mobile device enforcement around high schools.
Increase number of agency resources to utilize in education efforts
What is the Graduated Driver License Program?
First implemented in Michigan and Florida in the mid-1990s, Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) is a three-step system designed to provide novice drivers with the necessary tools to be safe on our roadways and minimize those things that cause them the greatest risk of crash – distraction caused by other passengers, the use of cell phones and electronic devices as well as driving late at night and riding unbelted. There is a learner's permit phase, a probationary license period and finally a basic or full license.
What does California’s GDL program entail?
California’s GDL program consists of the following elements:
Teens must be 15 years and six months to obtain a permit
Teens must complete 50 hours of driving – 10 of which must be at night – over the next six months before obtaining an intermediate, or restricted, license at age 16
Teens are not permitted to drive unsupervised between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. when their crash risk is highest
Teens with a restricted license cannot carry any passenger younger than 20 – immediate family members are an exception – for the first 12 months of the restricted licensing period
A basic, or full, license can be obtained and restrictions lifted at age 17
Why does California need a GDL program?
Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens, and their crash risk is four times that of an experienced driver. The risk is highest when teens are in the first 12 to 24 months of licensure.
The “License to Save” Report issued by The Allstate Foundation in December 2011 estimates that 15,164 California teens have been killed in motor vehicle crashes since 1991. It also estimates 1,541 lives have been saved in California since 1991 with the passage of GDL laws. The implementation of GDL programs has saved approximately 14,820 lives nationally since 1991. It is proven to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers.
Why are passengers dangerous for teen drivers?
Most teen crashes involve some form of distraction. While cell phone use clearly poses a danger to all motorists, passengers are particularly distracting to young drivers. A teen driver is twice as likely to be killed in a crash while carrying just one passenger, regardless of whether the passenger is a friend or a sibling. Carrying two passengers increases crash risk by 158 percent, and three passengers increases risk by 207 percent.
Why is nighttime driving risky for teens?
Forty percent of all teen driver fatal crashes occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. While California does not allow teens on the roadways unsupervised between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., parents are encouraged to set an earlier time for their teens to be off the roads.
May teen drivers use hands-free cell phones?
No. California has a complete cell phone ban for all motorists under the age of 18, at which point the ban is lifted. Research clearly shows that both handheld and hands-free devices cause manual, cognitive and visual distraction. NSC and the National Transportation Safety Board have called for a complete ban of cell phone use while driving for all motorists, regardless of age.
How can I help a teen driver gain more experience?
Research clearly shows that GDL programs are the most effective tactic for addressing teen crash risk because they help novice drivers build skill while minimizing risk. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, coach, advisor, older sibling, neighbor or friend, learning about and enforcing the GDL program is important.
Parents in particular play a critical role in teen driver safety. Teens who report having parents that set rules and monitor their activities in a helpful and supportive way are half as likely to crash, 71 percent less likely to drive intoxicated, 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving and 50 percent more likely to wear a safety belt. By partnering with parents, you can help to ensure that they know about and leverage the proven principles of GDL so their teens gain skill and become good drivers for life.
Allstate Parent/Teen Agreement for California parents and teens
AAA Keys2Drive for parents and teens
Safe Kids - for parents and teens 13/14-years of age
SADD - for parents, teens and educators
National Organizations for Youth Safety for parents, teens and educators
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - for parents, teens and educators
California GDL Made Simple Video (English)
California GDL Made Simple Video (Spanish)
Impact Teen Drivers - Gonzalo's Story (Spanish w/Eng Subtitles) -
The 2016 FNL Youth Traffic Safety Summit is almost here!
Participating in the FNL Youth Summit is an amazing opportunity to connect with new and young drivers, youth leaders, and healthy lifestyle and traffic safety advocates from throughout California.
The Summit is an annual two day gathering of over 700 high school aged students who are excited and eager to make positive change in their local communities. On the first day of the Summit, participants attend 3 different workshop sessions choosing from over 30 different topics in an effort to gain as much knowledge about projects, campaigns and the most current information on topics that are important to them. Topics range from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to distracted driving to skill building to campaign how-tos like TRACE, Every Fifteen Minutes & Beyond and much more! Day two is a day of planning - participants spend time in their home groups creating a plan of action for the upcoming school year based on what they learned the previous day. They also have an opportunity to network with agencies and organizations from throughout the state that could be potential partners in their work moving forward. Providing opportunities for our State’s young and future leaders to connect with the traffic safety and public health professionals that are paving the way is so important! The Summit could also be a great venue for moving forward work on various challenge areas of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan - there was a suggestion at one point to have either an SHSP workshop or time in a general session to educate this demographic about the SHSP (just throwing that out there).
That said, I’d like to invite you to attend, present a workshop, and/or be an exhibitor at the Summit on September 10 & 11, 2016 in Anaheim, CA!
If you’re interested in presenting a workshop, please complete an application to present by following this link: https://cfnlp.wufoo.com/forms/q1kmsfrb0c6ec0x/ - you can also let us know if you’d like to have an exhibit table on the application.
If you’re interested in attending and having and exhibit table only, please complete this form: https://cfnlp.wufoo.com/forms/r2x93bo06m5ecr/
Registration to attend the conference and hotel reservations will open next week, I will send a follow-up e-mail with that information or visit our website for access to that - www.fridaynightlive.org
The Summit would not be possible without the continued support of the CA Office of Traffic Safety, the Allstate Foundation, AT&T, the National Road Safety Foundation, our local Friday Night Live chapters and of course the young people who strive to make this world a better place.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to me. Thank you for your time and consideration!
Kellie D. Goodwin
California Friday Night Live Partnership
6200 S. Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93277-5091
PO Box 5091
559.733.6496 x1274 (O) 559.737.4231 (F)