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Teen Driver Safety Week 2014

Getting behind the wheel for the first time can be exciting for teens, but a worrying experience for parents. While driving safely is a responsibility for all motorists, teen drivers are more prone to high-risk behavior behind the wheel. According to the most current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes were the most common cause for teen deaths in the United States in 2011.

Oct. 19-25 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a great opportunity for young Massachusetts residents to explore best practices for staying safe when traveling by themselves or with others.

Practice Safe Driving

Young driver safety is a priority in the Commonwealth, and there are some specific steps new drivers can take to stay safe when heading out on the road.

Obey Driving Restrictions

Drivers with Junior Operator Licenses have special driving restrictions, and failing to obey these rules even once can result in a suspended license, fines, and other penalties. Every individual from ages 16 to 18 years old will have to follow:

  • Night restrictions – Young drivers are prohibited from using their vehicles from midnight to 5 a.m., until they turn 18 years old;
  • Passenger limits – For the first six months of driving, motorists under the age of 18 cannot carry passengers who are also younger than 18 years old, unless it is a sibling; and,
  • Mobile device ban – Drivers under 18 years old cannot use cell phones and texting while operating a vehicle for any reason other than informing authorities of an emergency, another Massachusetts safety law.

Additional Resources

Staying safe on the road is important for drivers of any age. New drivers need to take the time to ensure that they are constantly practicing safe driving habits to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way.

Have other important teen driving tips? Share below or tweet us, @MassGov.

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