Senate Bill 48

rev. 04/25/2012
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Small mockup of Senate Bill 48 with approval stamped on it.During the 2001 Utah legislative session, Senator Karen Hale introduced Senate Bill 48 entitled Passenger Limitations for Young Drivers. Senate Bill 48 would require that teenage drivers be accompanied by a licensed driver over the age of 21 years in order to have passengers in the vehicle. Utah CODES personnel were integral in the effort to get this bill passed.

First, we developed a fact sheet based on the above data that was widely distributed among all legislators to aid in educating them about the issue. This fact sheet was based on a peer-reviewed manuscript using Utah CODES linked data that was in-press at the time of the legislative session.

As part of the legislative process, Utah CODES personnel provided testimony and answered questions about teenage drivers with passengers at several legislative hearings.

As the media became interested in the bill, statistics provided by Utah CODES and the Intermountain Injury Control Research Center were cited in the local newspapers and on television. As a result, many legislators and the public were exposed to the CODES research and the benefits of linked data.

The governor signed Senate Bill 48 into law on March 15, 2001, and the new legislation took effect on July 1, 2001. Because Utah CODES had played such a vital role in the passage of the bill, we were invited to present our findings at a press conference to remind the public of the bill’s passage.