Variations in minimum licensing age and fatal motor vehicle crashes

Am J Public Health. 1983 Dec;73(12):1401-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.73.12.1401.


The effect of differences in the legal minimum licensing age on fatal motor vehicle crashes was studied in New Jersey (age 17), Massachusetts (age 16 1/2), and Connecticut (age 16). New Jersey's 17-year-old licensing law was associated with greatly reduced fatal crash involvement. It is estimated that 65 to 85 per cent reductions in 16 year-old-driver fatal crash involvement can be expected if the licensing age is increased from 16 to 17 without increasing fatal crash rates at older ages.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Connecticut
  • Humans
  • Licensure*
  • Massachusetts
  • Mortality
  • New Jersey