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IIHS testifies before Maryland legislature on speed enforcement and young drivers

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testified on Feb. 24, 2009, before the Maryland Senate Committee on Judicial Proceedings on automated speed enforcement and on passenger and nighttime restrictions for young drivers.

Speeding is a major factor in motor vehicle crashes, especially those resulting in serious injuries. Automated enforcement technology reduces speeding on high-risk roads, and national surveys indicate public support.

A major risk factor for teenage drivers is the presence of passengers, especially teenage passengers. Passenger restrictions as part of state graduated licensing programs reduce fatal and injury crashes among teenage drivers. Nighttime driving restrictions, which have been in effect since the 1960s, also reduce teenage drivers' fatal and injury crashes.

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