The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) urge parents, teachers, coaches, and other adult mentors to talk to teens about the importance of developing safe driving skills. The reminder comes as DMV and GTSC mark “National Teen Driver Safety Week” October 15-21.
“The majority of crashes occur during the first six months of licensed driving when young, inexperienced drivers have not fully developed critical driving skills and habits,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner and Acting GTSC Chair Terri Egan. “Parents and other adult mentors, such as teachers and coaches, have considerable influence on teens, and studies have shown that teens whose parents encourage them to develop safe driving skills are less likely to crash, drive intoxicated, use a cell phone when driving, or speed, and they are more likely to buckle up.”
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