A new Arizona law, the Teenage Driver Safety Act, calls for increased driver training and implements a graduated license on which teenagers have a nighttime curfew and other limitations in the first six months after being licensed, reports the Arizona Republic. New teen drivers will be prohibited from driving from midnight until 5 a.m. and may have no more than one teenage passenger. The law takes effect July 1.
Arizona had been one of five states without teen-safety traffic laws, and the state ranks last on a rating of states on overall traffic-safety laws by the Emergency Nurses Association, which lobbies for injury prevention. States with teen traffic laws have seen reductions in teen-related accidents by as much as 30 percent, according to the group. More teens die in traffic than from drugs, alcohol, suicide and other violence combined, according to the AAA. In Arizona, more than 20,000 teenagers younger than age 18 are involved in traffic accidents a year, resulting in more than 100 deaths.