Nov. 27: According to the Solicitor General, stronger rules for the Graduated Licensing Program saved at least 31 lives and prevented 17,500 crashes involving new drivers in the three-year period following the changes. The tightened rules for new drivers, which took effect in 2003, resulted in:
- A decrease in the number of crashes overall by 28%
- 4,000 fewer crashes with injuries
- A drop in the new driver crash rate by almost 16%.