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Driver’s Ed Reduces Teen Crashes, Tickets


Driver’s education significantly reduces crashes and traffic violations among new drivers, according to a UNL study of nearly 152,000 Nebraska teen drivers over eight years. Young drivers who have not completed driver’s education are 75 percent more likely to get a traffic ticket, 24 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal or injury accident and 16 percent more likely to have an accident, the study showed. Findings by educational psychologists Duane Shell and Ian Newman of UNL’s Nebraska Prevention Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse challenge more than three decades of assumptions about the value of driver’s education. The study appeared in Accident Analysis and Prevention.

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