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Driver education classes fall short, researchers say

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BALTIMORE -- Driver education classes do not appear to be producing safer drivers, said researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

The researchers, who reviewed data from several studies, said they could find no evidence that teen-agers who took classes had fewer accidents or committed fewer infractions than those who did not. The classes might actually be contributing to accident rates by putting more younger drivers on the road, researchers said.

About half the states allow teen-agers to get their licenses as soon as they complete driver education. Beginning in July, Maryland residents of all ages must take courses to get a license.

The report appears in this month's American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Pub Date: 1/06/99

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