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Boston — Friday, October 13, 2017 – The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) today unveiled an educational video for parents to help them prepare their teens to become safe, smart drivers.
“Tips for Parents, A Common Sense Guide to Keeping Your Teen Safe Behind The Wheel,” includes solemn words from the parents of a teen killed in a crash and will be provided to driver education schools to be shown at the required class for parents and caregivers of young people getting their Junior Operator’s License. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in the nation, with inexperience cited as the leading cause. Crash rates are highest among teens during their first few hundred miles on the road; new drivers are four times more likely to be killed and 14 times more likely to be injured than any other group.
“Parents and caregivers are important partners in ensuring the safety of new drivers,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney. “This video highlights the specific steps they can take to support what their teen is learning in driver’s education, including giving them hours of practice behind the wheel, having them sign a new driver contract, and modeling good driving behavior themselves.”
“Driving is a privilege and a serious responsibility, with high stakes for everyone concerned, including teen drivers, their families, and other drivers out on the roads,” said Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett. “We all have an interest and an obligation to remind teen drivers of the responsibilities associated with the privilege of driving and encourage them to adopt safe behavior such as wearing a seat belt, observing speed limits and limiting distractions.”
The 10-minute video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db-WslM891w - outlines the major causes of teen driving crashes:
The parents of Adam London appear in the video. Adam, a teen driver, was not wearing a seatbelt when he was killed in a crash where speed and alcohol were also factors.
Funding for the video was provided by the EOPSS Office of Grants and Research Highway Safety Division and from the Ford Driving Skills for Life program.
Massachusetts Teen Driving Law:
Tips for Parents and Caregivers: