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Data finds need for stricter teen licensing requirements

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Isaiah Krull of Shell Rock lived through the horrors of a car crash.

"My right side of my face collided with the ceiling and then I fell out, and basically, became unconscious," he said.

Then 16 year-old Krull was riding as a passenger in the back seat when the driver rear-ended a school bus.  Krull was not wearing a seat belt and suffered severe head injuries.

"I have several disabilities I'll probably have for the rest of my life, but that's not as bad as me dying," Krull said.

Krull used his experience as a way to benefit others.  He was an instrumental part in pushing a measure that has now been signed into law requiring all Iowa passengers up to the age of 18 to buckle up. 

Data suggests even more stricter standards are needed to keep teens safe.

A recent report released by Allstate finds in 2009, 32 teen lives lost in car crashes could have been saved with tougher graduated licensing requirements.

University of Iowa researchers have found similar results. 

Dr. Daniel McGehee studies vehicle safety and driver behavior issues, with a focus on teen driving.

"When you get five or six teenagers in a vehicle, it's almost a given that you'll have some kind of incident," McGehee said.

Research indicated it would help to tighten up current Iowa graduated licensing requirements for new drivers.  Proposals include adding a one non-family member passenger limit, extending the learner's permit period from six to 12 months, and creating a 10:00 time limit for being on the road.

Measures working to help prevent a life-changing crash.

"It's been a night and day difference between the accident and now," Krull said.

 

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