In Pennsylvania, two accidents have happened since the signing of a new law in October that was designed to further protect teenage drivers. Five high school students in one accident lost their lives. The next day, two 16-year-old twins and their 9-year-old sister died in a separate car crash. The bill, not affecting those that died, officially went into effect at midnight on Dec. 27.
A new law is changing the requirements that Pennsylvania teenagers who are under 18 need to fulfill in order to receive their junior driver's licenses. With road safety as the main concern, many state politicians are hoping to minimize the chances of a car accident for new drivers.
Accident-related teen deaths dropped more than 30 percent between 2004 and 2008. However, a new study shows that many teens have reported instances of narrowly avoiding car crashes.