National Teen Safe Driver Week gets underway

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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Aimed at stopping fatal crashes among young and inexperienced drivers, National Teen Safe Driver Week is getting underway on Sunday.

Since 2008, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System has shown a 53% decline in the number of people killed since 2008 in crashes involving a 16 or 17-year-old driver, according to Dr. Neil Chaudhary, Chief Executive Officer of Preusser Research Group. In 2008, Connecticut passed tougher laws aimed at improving safety for 16 and 17-year-old drivers and the data indicate that the laws are effective in reducing fatalities related to teen driving.

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The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles and Travelers are sponsoring a high school video contest. This year’s theme is “Teen Safe Driver: Could This be You? Every Second Matters.”

For more on the video contest and prizes for the winners, visit ct.gov/teendriving/contest.

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