Experts: New licensing rules beneficial to young motorists

Requiring young drivers to wait longer to get their licenses and to limit distractions is working, and teens are in fewer accidents than in past years, experts said.

In Johnson County, drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were involved in 83 traffic accidents for every 1,000 people in that age group. The state average was 98.7 accidents per 1,000 drivers in that age group in 2012, according to an annual report from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute that analyzes traffic accident data.

Young drivers were involved in 20 percent fewer accidents statewide than they were four years ago. In Johnson County, the number of accidents involving young drivers decreased 29 percent during the same time span.

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