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Teen accident risk highest during first three months after getting driver’s license


The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A new study has shown teenage drivers are eight times more likely to be involved in a collision or near miss during the first three months after getting a driver’s license.

The study, led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said teens are also four times more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as rapid acceleration, sudden braking and hard turns, during this period.

In contrast, teens on a learner’s permit drove more safely, with their crash/near crash and risky driving rates similar to those of adults.

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