JOL Accidents: Are They The Real Problem?

By: Molly C.

The past winter brought record-breaking amounts of snow to the New England region. A large amount of car accidents in the Duxbury area occurred over the 2014-2015 winter as expected. The real question, however, is if those who obtain their Junior Operators License occurred in the greatest amount of accidents compared to every other age group.

According to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, new drivers, or those with a JOL, are fourteen times more likely to be injured than any other group. The main causes of accidents occur due to speeding and inexperience amongst JOL drivers. With the severity of the past winter and damage to the roads, the amount of accidents amongst these drivers remained in high range.

The Duxbury Police Department report of car accidents from May 1st, 2014 to May 5th, 2015 totaled 272, with 38 occurring in the age group from 19 and under. Since the age of obtaining a JOL in Massachusetts is 16 ½ years old, this age group spans only 2 ½ years. Compared to those of other larger spanning groups, the amount of accidents within this group is the largest due to the small size in comparison to other age groups which span as much as 14 years.

The amount of car accidents amongst males over the year totaled 162 out of the 272 accidents while the amount of female accidents reached 110. In the JOL age range, male drivers were involved in 22 out of the 38 accidents, while females were only involved 16. The amount of male accidents was greater in ever age group over the 2014-2015 year.

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