Every day, an average of 11 teens die in car crashes.
The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act (H.R. 1895, S. 3269) is a national law awaiting congressional approval that would require states to pass and enforce minimum standards for Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) laws. Key provisions include:
- Three stages of licensing:
- Learners Permit: Teens cannot obtain a learners permit until age 16 and this stage is at least six months in duration. Learners are not allowed to drive at night without adult supervision, or use a cell phone or other communication device. Learners may not drive with any passengers except for licensed adults older than 21 providing supervision.
- Intermediate Stage: This stage is in effect until the teen is 18 years of age. Intermediate drivers are not allowed to drive at night without adult supervision, or use a cell phone or other communication device. They may not drive with more than one non-family passenger under the age of 21 without a licensed driver older than 21 present in the motor vehicle.
- The Secretary of Transportation may introduce additional requirements for novice drivers in the learnerâ€™s permit stage such as at least 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a licensed driver who is older than 21.
- States that comply with this national law within 3 years of enactment are entitled to incentive grants
- States that fail to comply with this national law after 3 years of enactment are subject to sanctions
To read the full STANDUP Act, visit the Library of Congress website at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1895.IH:
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