Maryland Lawmakers Propose Curfew for Drivers Under 18February 17, 2017
On Thursday, Maryland lawmakers proposed to make a new curfew for drivers under the age of 18. If the proposed bill gets approved, young drivers would have a curfew of 10 pm, instead of the current 12 am curfew. The bill was proposed to keep young drivers safer. According to AAA, the incidence of crashes for drivers under 18 is significantly reduced if evening driving restrictions start at 10 pm or earlier. They further state that more serious crashes, which may involve excessive speed, drowsy or distracted driving, happen later at night for younger drivers. Statistics show that the number of fatal crashes for drivers 18 and under went up 75 percent in 2015.
Factors like excessive speed, drowsy or distracted driving contribute to car accidents at night. The late hour and darkness make it challenging for drivers to concentrate and safely get home. With younger drivers, who do not have the breadth of experience that older drivers do, the risk for incurring personal injuries or fatalities is greater.
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