October 3, 2011
Officials with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are happy to report that three years after major changes were made to state law in order place greater restrictions on teen drivers, improvements are being seen in numerous areas of teen driver safety.
According to a news release the laws are targeted at Connecticut’s youngest and most inexperienced drivers, and restrict the number of passengers they can carry, extend training requirement times, and require attendance to a parent-teen information seminar about safe driving habits.
The newest DMV report stated a 28 percent decrease in the total number of crashes involving 16 and 17-year-old drivers, and a reduction in the number of fatal crashes in the same age category. A reduction in the number of convictions for distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence was also reported.
DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey lauded the campaign’s success by saying, “These numbers demonstrate improvement we like to see, but there’s always more work to do in this area of educating teens about safe driving.”
The Connecticut Car Accident Attorneys with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers pride themselves on encouraging teens to be vigilant in safety practices behind the wheel. The firm is committed to their annual Arrive Alive Scholarship that emphasizes teen education against distracted driving.