Arkansas Children's Hospital and State Farm Insurance are teaming up to share information about Graduated Driver's License laws that are specifically designed to protect teens.

Arkansas Children's Hospital and State Farm Insurance are teaming up to share information about Graduated Driver's License laws that are specifically designed to protect teens.

Bruce Adams, State Farm agent for Helena-West Helena and Phillips County, says a lot of teens are asking, “Why can't I drive after 11 p.m.?” and “Why can't I drive with more than one friend to the football game?” Adams stated that GDL laws are sometimes confusing but when answered with the facts, they make sense to teenagers.

According to studies, teens are easily distracted by passengers and driving after dark increases the chances of having an accident. Statistics indicate that the crash rate for a 16-year-old is twice as high at night compared to during the daytime.

Adams is sharing a brochure from Arkansas Children's Hospital that explains the law and makes it much easier to understand. The brochure is entitled “Understanding the Graduated Driver's License Law – More Than Because I Said So.” It is an easy means to simplify the law for teens and explain why it was introduced.

“Keeping our kids safe in a vehicle is of the utmost importance,” commented Adams. “I want to provide this easy-to-understand publication so there is no question about what the law says.”

Across Arkansas teens die in car crashes at twice the rate of the national average. The GDL law permits teens additional time to learn how to drive and at the same time help eliminate some of the risks.

The law went into effect back in July 2009. It restricts young drivers on cell phone use, passengers and nighttime driving.

Adams said a copy of this informational brochure can be obtained at the State Farm Office at 614 Oakland Ave. in Helena.

The contact person at Arkansas Children's Hospital is Beverly Miller, associate director of the Injury Prevention Center. She can be reached at 501-364-2470 or millerbeverlykuams.edu.