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Research confirms that Graduated Driver License laws (GDL) reduce teen crashes.

First Impact is a traffic safety program that educates parents about Missouri’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law as well as provides them with the tools they need to monitor, coach and support their new teen driver.
 
Missouri GDL law is a three-step licensing system. The purpose is to ease teens into licensure so that they can build skill in an environment that minimizes those things that are shown to cause the greatest risk for new drivers.
 
Research confirms that GDL laws have been instrumental in reducing teen crashes by 20 to 40%.

Paige’s Story

Every day between 3:30 and 4:00 in the afternoon, Marty Siddall would call his 17-year-old daughter, Paige, to see how her day went, what her plans were for the evening and so on. On November 1, 2006, while on a golfing trip in Florida, he did the usual check-in around 4:45 his time, 3:45 her time, and got her voicemail.

One time zone over, Paige, who was driving to work, got distracted, lost control of her car, struck a mailbox and overcorrected and rebounded into the path of an oncoming car.

In a matter of seconds, Paige lost her life.

Her brother Parker, 15 at the time, and her boyfriend happened to be close behind and were one of the first cars on the scene, although a neighbor had already called 911. To this day, Parker still doesn’t talk about what he saw.

“That’s a silly, naïve thought, that it can’t happen to you.” – Marty Siddall

Marty and his daughter had a wonderful relationship. She was smart and kind, loved volunteering and helping others. Marty jokingly describes her as his “little hippie” and doesn’t ever remember her using the word hate. A good student, Paige was set to go to the University of Missouri’s Journalism School, but had dreams of studying her masters in New York.

Yet, with one distraction, one glance away from the road, all that changed.