What’s the impact of teen passengers on teen drivers?

The September 2011 issue of the UI Public Policy Center Young Driver Policy Brief reveals that teen drivers between the ages of 14 and 19 years are at a greater risk of injury and death than all other age groups. It also shows that teen passengers are one of the factors that contribute to the increased risk.

The policy brief is intended to inform the public on data that relates to young drivers.

The four-page document compiles information from the latest national and state of Iowa research on the topic of teen driving. Results of a recent study about Iowa families and their attitudes on teen driver issues were gathered from a statewide UI survey. The survey was led by Daniel McGehee, director of the UI Public Policy Center’s Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Program and adjunct associate professor in the College of Engineering and College of Public Health.

The policy brief can be found at ppc.uiowa.edu/hf.