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It’s often said that adolescents are impulsive partly because their brains aren’t fully developed.  Now a new book adds fuel to the discussion, describing how the period of adolescence is a lot longer these days, from age ten to twenty-five. It also shows that the brain at this time is highly malleable, and much more easily influenced by both positive and negative experiences. 

This program was originally broadcast on November 3, 2014.

Every state in the nation has different laws about young drivers. They spell out the age one can get behind the wheel, when one can't, and who needs to be with them. A recent analysis of state laws, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety puts New Hampshire at about the middle of the pack, when it comes to how tough our teen driving requirements are. But the institute wants more. Recent studies show that tighter restrictions on young drivers would save thousands of lives nationwide.

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Thirty-five teens died in car crashes in New Hampshire from 2006 through 2010.  A new study estimates 14 of them would not have died because they wouldn't have been in crashes if the state had made it harder for teens to get driver’s licenses.

That’s the conclusion of a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a research group funded by the insurance industry.

The institute looked at death rates nationwide. Then, it looked at how hard it is for a teen to get a license in each state.

The analysis covered 1996 – 2007.