Has COVID-19 impacted teen driver safety in NC?
A recent C-19 Mobility and Health Technical Brief about young driver safety during the COVID-19 (C19) pandemic shared several interesting findings:
- The closure of schools and the statewide stay-at-home order clearly had a substantial effect on young drivers in North Carolina.
- New permits and licenses dropped off sharply beginning March 2020.
- Crashes also decreased, likely reflecting fewer trips by young drivers since schools and other activities were cancelled.
- Provisional license applications rebounded quickly when North Carolina waived the road test requirement. The effect of this action on crashes is not yet known.
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