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Graduated driver laws help reduce teen crashes

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers. Fatalities due to teen car crashes spike during the summer months. But with education and practice, many of these crashes can be prevented. Parents must remain vigilant – adults play a big role in ensuring that teens are prepared to get behind the wheel.

School might be out, but teens with a junior license still need to be off the roads by 9 p.m., when crash risks sharply increase. Although teens may spend more free time with friends during the summer, they should not ride with or carry other teen passengers. Just one teen passenger increases a teen driver’s crash risk by as much as 48 percent. Don’t ever sacrifice safety for convenience. If your teen is out late or with friends, make other travel arrangements. The risk is not worth the potential consequences.

The New York Teen Safe Driving Coalition was established by the Allstate Foundation and the National Safety Council to raise awareness about why teen crashes occur and what we can do to prevent them. One of the most important things parents and caregivers can do is to abide by New York’s strong graduated driver’s license laws, which are proven to reduce teen crashes.

Susan Pedo

New York Teen Safe

Driving Coalition