July 29, 2015
For Immediate Release
DMV Releases Report on 2015 Teen Safe Driving Conference
Safety Advocates Discuss Progress, Challenges
Ahead for Improving Teen Driving in Connecticut
WETHERSFIELD – The Department of Motor Vehicles today released the final report on the 2015 teen safe driving conference entitled, “Are We There Yet?” It is a collection of comments and observations of safety advocates from around the state who met to discuss progress and challenges ahead for safety of teen drivers and their passengers.
On August 1 Connecticut will mark the seventh anniversary of its enhanced and toughened teen driving laws designed to prevent crashes, injuries and deaths. The measures were passed in 2008 on the recommendation of a task force assembled after a series of high-profile fatal crashes involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers.
The report details a variety of comments about progress and areas for further study. The Janaury 22 conference was sponsored the first gathering of safety advocates for a detailed review since the laws went into effect. The report can be found at https://ct.gov/dmv/2015confrpt
“In the last seven years a movement dedicated to public education, public health initiatives and community outreach developed in Connecticut to spur discussion and create momentum for parents, teens and communities to become more aware of safe driving practices,” said DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr.
“I believe the findings from this conference and this accompanying report can continue the discussion on teen driving throughout the state. It provides further data for improving approaches to an already strong public policy and public health program,” he said.
The conference was sponsored by the DMV Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Teen Safe Driving and hosted by Travelers at its Windsor conference center.