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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 21:44 
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I get this piece from Klaril. Klaril .. ist cousin. Eldest of the Swiss. She live in Colorado. She did spend a research period here couple of years ago though .. She prefers Colorado as "safer und pleasanter" :popcorn:

But this piece? Useful info to look into? ... aths-down/


Teen vehicle-accident deaths down in 2007
Car-crash fatalities drop 35 percent
By Steve Graff, For the Camera
Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The number of Colorado teens killed in vehicle accidents dropped 35 percent last year, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Forty-three people between the ages of 16 and 20 were killed in traffic accidents in 2007, compared with 66 in 2006.

Boulder County reported two teen fatalities in 2006 and one in 2007.

Colorado safety officials attribute better driving education, seatbelt enforcement and graduated driver's licensing laws, which went into effect last spring. The new laws limit the number of passengers and the hours teens can be on the road and prohibit text-messaging and cell phones.

"It's a combination of all these things," said Heather Halpape, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation, "but definitely the state passing the GDL laws. It slowly eases teens into the driving seat."

Ed Overfield, a driving instructor and owner of the Colorado Driving Institute in Boulder, said he thinks classroom training and spending time behind the wheel with an instructor -- as well as the parents' involvement -- are imperative for teens learning to drive.

Overfield said the statistics may be lower because there are fewer teens on the road now that the law makes it more difficult for them to get their licenses.

The state is still seeing a high percentage of deaths among teens not wearing seatbelts. Sixty-three percent of the teens killed in 2007 were not buckled up, a figure that dropped slightly from 68 percent in 2006, according to the state.

In the case of the accident-related fatality in Boulder County in 2007, the teen was not wearing a seatbelt, while the teenagers killed in 2006 were strapped in.

State Patrol officers are buckling down on drivers, especially teenagers, in Boulder County and 10 other counties with a "Click It or Ticket" seatbelt enforcement campaign going on through Sunday.

Teen traffic fatalities are down 60 percent from 2002, when 107 teens were killed in Colorado.

I like the slogan.. "click it or ticket!" though. That catchy! :bow:

But to our resident pet trolls und Tom who not a troll.. what do you all think about this?

Do discuss .. give your opinion. They are saying improve the training.. discourage handy use.. they seem to have success.

Yes.. I think right to limit number of passengers. It not restricting.. or preventing them from going out together as pals. They just saying no more than a duo or trio.

Limiting the hours?

Well if I am honest .. we do have house rules here. We expect our kids to be in the house by certain time but allow a margin of 15 mins before we impose disciplines..

I think acceptable law to be honest. But then it not too far removed from wild feline discpline to young cubs.. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:41 
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How does the graduated driving licence work, are you limited in vehicle selection etc?

Looks to me like something that could be an important psychological reminder to new drivers- "this is not a full licence because you're still learning, you don't know it all yet"

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 09:06 

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Graduated licensing adds intermediate stages between "learner's permit" and "fully licensed", depending on one's age, training (as opposed to mere classroom time), experience, and behavior.

Usually, there is a mandatory six month 'purgatory' required before the child may graduate to the next licensing stage. Thus, even if the child behaves perfectly, it will take at least one year to get an unrestricted license - in most cases, two, since many states have long since had provisions on otherwise 'fully licensed' drivers under 18 years of age. (Separate from that, Amerika limits those under 21 from driving with a BAC above 0.01%.)

In nearly all cases, drivers of insufficient in age, training, experience, and/or behavior are given nighttime curfews during which they cannot drive, except in an emergency. These vary significantly from state to state, but are generally well before midnight and always cover the overnight hours.

In most cases, the 'newb' is initially restricted to driving only with their instructor, parent, legal guardian, etc. After accruing some training and experience, and demonstrating no lapses in behavior, they may drive with a licensed driver of somewhat greater age. After accruing sufficient age, training, and experience, while behaving well, the number of passengers permitted increases, while their permitted age decreases.

Generally, the idea is to minimize driver distractions / peer pressures from inside the car, to keep the newb's attention on what is going on outside the car, and to prevent 16 - 20 year-olds from killing themselves three, four, five, or six at once during the times of the day when they have statistically proven themselves most likely to die.

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1) No one gets hurt
2) Nothing gets hit, except to protect others; see Rule#1
3) The Laws of Physics are invincible and immutable - so-called 'laws' of men are not
4) You are always immediately and ultimately responsible for your safety first, then proximately responsible for everyone's
Do not let other road users' mistakes become yours, nor yours become others
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