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DHSMV ENCOURAGES FLORIDA TEENS TO DRIVE WITH CARE
COURTESY, ATTENTION, RESPONSIBILITY AND EXPERIENCE
Event Highlights Teen Driver Safety Guide


CONTACT For DHSMV:
Frank Penela
(850) 617-3102

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 17, 2007

Tallahassee - Today, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles unveiled its Florida Drivers Guide for Teens and Parents. The guide is an important tool for parents who want to reach out to their teen and encourage safe driving skills, while monitoring their driving habits.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen fatalities in this country,” said Executive Director Electra Bustle. “We encourage parents to take an active role in educating their young drivers on the rules of the road, and provide them the guidance necessary to succeed in driving safely on Florida roads. This driver’s guide will help shape safe and lawful behavior for a lifetime.”

Teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers nationwide.

“Teens tend to drive cautiously when parents are watching. However, too many of them drive differently when alone or with friends. Parents and young drivers need to be aware that unsafe driving practices early on can shape long term habits. It is crucial that we teach the next generation to drive safely and lawfully,” said FHP Director Col. Christopher Knight.

Specific behaviors are associated with the cause of the high fatality rate of teen drivers. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, alcohol-related driving, not wearing safety belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, and nighttime driving. The Drivers Guide For Teens and Parents contains valuable tools and information to assist young drivers in mastering critical driving skills.

“As Director of the Division of Driver Licenses, I often see teens who may pass the state driving test, yet are not experienced and mature enough to be driving on the roads”, said Director Sandra Lambert. “This tool will allow parents to interact with their teens and provide guidance to help them be better drivers.”

The guide is available for download online at www.flhsmv.gov/teens. Also available online at https://services.flhsmv.gov/DLCheck/, parents can review their minor child’s driving record for free.

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