FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2012
New DMV Report on Teen Driving Laws
Improvements Continue, but More Work Needed
WETHERSFIELD – Both a recently completed parent survey as well as analysis of DMV teen driving laws show continued support for the tougher measures now four years old, but also the need for more parental outreach about how the laws work.
These are the major findings in a newly complied report, which for the first time includes a statewide survey of parents. DMV annually issues a report on crash and conviction data each year for teen drivers. This year it also included a review of parental sentiments toward the laws. (ct.gov/dmv/2012teendriving). A series of high-profile crashes in 2007 triggered an intensive nine-month public awareness and law-changing campaign aimed at these youngest and most inexperienced drivers on Connecticut roads.
"We are a national leader in teen safe driving and we will continue to build on our excellent work,” said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey. “This report shows the continued progress we are making thanks to the dedication of parents, teens and so many others around the state who share our goal of making the roads safe for everyone and preventing teen crashes and fatalities.”
DMV as well as safety advocates from around the state will be working to address issues raised in the report. The DMV Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Teen Safe Driving also has projects focused on helping to improve awareness of the teen safe driving laws.