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Study: Disconnect exists parents, teens on driving laws

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A survey by State Farm shows a wide gap between how compliant parents think their teens are with graduated driver licensing laws. 

The study found that what parents think and what teens report they're actually doing don't match up. 

State Farm conducted a study of 500 parents of teen drivers in June. Participants were asked for their take on parental monitoring and graduated driver licensing laws and whether teens follow the laws and why. 

GDL laws, which were introdcuted in the mid-1990s, are an experience-based method for new drivers in which privileges are given in stages, according to the insurance company. 

The study found that parents overestimate how much teens obey two key provisions of GDL laws: nighttime driving and passenger restrictions.

The survey found 69 percent of parents believe their teen driver almost always follows restrictions, but 48 percent of teens admit to almost always following the nighttime restrictions law.

Seventy percent of parents believe their teen driver almost always obeys the passenger restrictions part of the GDL laws, but only 43 percent of teens state they almost always follow this restriction, the study found.

The findings determined that teens and parents have different views on why young drivers don't follow GDL laws.

Thirty-four percent of parents surveyed said peer pressure was the most likely reason teens do not follow GDL laws, but 32 percent of teens said they think police will not catch them is the most likely reason.

Eighty-nine percent of parents surveyed said safety was the most important reason to follow GDL laws, but 51 percent teens said that was the reason, according to the study.

Parents were more likely to say they almost always monitor if their teens obey the GDL laws at 89 percent, but only 56 percent of teens responded saying that was the reason.

Eight-seven percent of parents were significantly more likely than teens to say teens will obey the driving restrictions due to parental monitoring, but 56 percent of teens said that's why they obey driving restrictions, according to the study.

On nighttime restrictions, 66 percent of parents said they almost always monitor whether their teen obeys the restriction, but only 32 percent of teens said their parents almost always monitors their compliance to that restriction.

On passenger restrictions, 65 percent of parents said they almost always monitor their teens, but 27 percent of teens state their parents almost always monitor whether they follow that law.  

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