MALVERN, Pa., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey released by Allstate Insurance finds that many driving-age teenagers and parents of driving-age teens in Pennsylvania need a much stronger understanding of the state's teen driving safety laws. The findings also indicate that parents play the biggest role in education and enforcement, but need to vastly improve in both efforts.
The survey, which was conducted by TRU, a leading youth research and insights firm, was launched to mark the one-year anniversary of Pennsylvania's strengthened Graduated Driver Licensing laws. The revised components, which went into effect December 27, 2011, include:
Several responses among teens and parents alike support the need for both groups – but especially parents – to develop deeper knowledge of Pennsylvania's GDL laws:
The majority of teen respondents indicated that they value parental influence in GDL education, but many are not confident about how well their parents know the laws:
The survey also revealed that many teens are breaking GDL laws:
Additionally, there are major contradictions between parents and teens surveyed when it comes to enforcement:
Encouragingly, most parents (87%) and teens (80%) surveyed understand that GDL laws save lives. More than three out of four teens (76%) also responded that the desire to feel safe while they are driving is a strong motivator to comply with their state's GDL laws.
"We know that Pennsylvania parents and teens don't want to put themselves, their passengers or other motorists at risk," said Allstate Insurance spokesperson Chris Conner. "But we also know that teens are our youngest, most inexperienced drivers. We hope these survey results serve as a call to action to parents to learn and enforce the state's GDL laws."
To learn more about Pennsylvania's GDL laws, please visit the Pennsylvania Teen Safe Driving Coalition homepage. For more general information on GDL and teen driving safety, please visit the Allstate Foundation Teen Driving homepage.
TRU conducted a total of 401 online interviews among teens ages 16-18 and parents of teens ages 16-18, yielding a margin of error of +/-4.9 percentage points. Interviews were conducted from October 13th through October 30th, 2012. Screening criteria was enforced to ensure that all teens/teens of parents surveyed intended to acquire their learner's permit, junior driver's license, or driver's license prior to their 18th birthday.
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