Special Considerations for Teen Drivers
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers. Teenagers and young adults account for more crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities than other age groups. Inexperience was listed as the contributing factor in 12% of crashes in Colorado in 2011. In Adams and Arapahoe Counties, over 20% of crashes are due to inexperience, and in Douglas County it is nearly 40%.
Colorado has taken many steps to reduce the burden and make teens safer drivers. The Colorado Graduated Driver License, or GDL, affects the age at which a teen can obtain a learner’s permit and driver’s license, the steps a teen must take to obtain a driver’s license, and restrictions on teen driving. Learn more about the Graduated Driver’s License law and find an educational manual for parents and teens.
Additionally, Colorado drivers under the age of 18 cannot use a cell phone in any capacity while driving, and all drivers are encouraged to wear a seat belt. Teens should be reminded of the dangers of speeding and distractions while driving.