The United States marked the start of National Teen Safe Driving Week on Monday just after statistics show that Connecticut is one of the most advanced states at preventing crashes involving teenagers.
According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Governors Highway Safety Association, driving deaths involving 16- and 17-year-olds has decreased nationally.
Connecticut has some of the toughest driving standards in the country and has seen a 91 percent in teen driver deaths over the past decade, according to the Department of Transportation.
"These new studies highlight Connecticut's leadership in protecting teen drivers and improving overall road safety," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. "Without a doubt, these driving laws help us reduce crashes and save lives, but teens and their parents are critical partners in the effort to develop safe driving habits and be responsible behind the wheel."
A series of high profile crashes during 2007 caused Connecticut to push for changes to the teenage driving laws in 2008.
"Laws alone are not enough," said Attorney General George Jepsen, who is focused on discouraging teens from texting and driving. "Teens need to help their friends stay safe behind the wheel by encouraging them to obey the rules and by minimizing the distractions that increase the risk of a serious crash. Don't call them or text them while they are driving. Nothing you can tell them is worth risking their life."
National Teen Safe Driving Week runs from Oct. 14-20.
"These laws and everyone's efforts - teens, parents, safety advocates and communities across the state - are paying off in our progress, yet this is an issue that needs constant reminders like this dedicated week to teen driving safety," said Commissioner Melody A. Currey of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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