Trends in driver licensing status and driving among high school seniors in the United States, 1996–2010☆
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Trends in driver licensing status and driving among high school seniors in the United States, 1996–2010☆

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    • Alternative Title:
      J Safety Res
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      Introduction Understanding the reasons for fluctuations in teenage driver crashes over time in the United States is clouded by the lack of information on licensure rates and driving exposure. Methods We examined results from the Monitoring the Future survey to estimate the proportion of high school seniors who possessed a driver’s license and the proportion of seniors who did not drive “during an average week” during the 15-year period of 1996–2010. Results During 1996–2010, the proportion of high school seniors in United States who reported having a driver’s license declined by 12 percentage points (14%) from 85% to 73%. Two-thirds of the decline (8 percentage points) occurred during 2006–2010. During the same 15-year period, the proportion of high school seniors who did not drive during an average week increased by 7 percentage points (47%) from 15% in 1996 to 22% in 2010, with essentially all of the increase occurring during 2006–2009. Discussion Findings in this report suggest that the economic recession in recent years has reduced rates of licensure and driving among high school seniors.
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      J Safety Res. 46:167-170.
    • Pubmed ID:
      23932698
    • Pubmed Central ID:
      PMC5751409
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