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RMV_LogoThe Registry of Motor Vehicles during National Teen Driver Safety Week reminds us that motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of teens. Parental involvement can help reverse that trend. Know the facts:

1. Parental Involvement

Did you know?
Parents who set, monitor, and enforce safe driving practices have teens who are less likely to crash and violate the law.

2. Night Driving

Did you know?
Teen drivers are THREE TIMES more likely to be involved in a fatal crash at night, typically between 9pm and midnight than during the day. (NSC ’09)
Your Junior Operator’s license expires after 12:30 a.m. and is not valid before 5:00 a.m. (Unless there is a parent or legal guardian seated next to Junior Operator. Secondary enforcement exists between 12:30 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.)

3. Passengers & Driving

Did you know?
A teen driver’s crash rate DOUBLES with one passenger and is FIVE TIMES greater with more than 1 friend in the car.
It’s illegal for a Junior Operator (a driver age 16 or 17) to drive with friends in the car for the first 6 months. Exceptions: immediate family members and friends 18 or older.

4. Cell Phones

Did you know?
It’s illegal for a Junior Operator to use a mobile electronic device while the vehicle is “in operation.” ‘In operation” means when the vehicle’s key is in the ignition.

Want more information? Visit http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/brochures/how_parents_help_young_drivers.pdf

 

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