USAA Backs Federal Law Urging Teen Driving Laws

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STANDUP Act would give grants to states with tough teen driving laws, withhold highway funds from states without such laws

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Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of American teens. USAA strongly believes that graduated drivers license laws save lives and make our roads safer.

USAA announced today it supports federal legislation urging states to create graduated drivers licensing laws that include restrictions on nighttime driving, non-family passengers and the use of communications devices while driving.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of American teens,” said Stuart Parker, president of USAA Property & Casualty Insurance Group. “USAA strongly believes that graduated drivers license laws save lives and make our roads safer. Being a new driver is challenging enough, but driving at night, with friends or while using cell phones increases the risk for new drivers and those of us that share the road with them.”

The Safe Teen And Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act would provide grants to states that adopt laws meeting the minimum standards identified by the bill. States that do not adopt laws meeting those standards would lose a percentage of federal highway construction funds.

“States can and should establish laws to improve safety and give new drivers time to focus on the core skills of driving,” Parker said. “This bill gives states the standards they need to craft reasonable laws and make real improvements in traffic safety.”

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