HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – In Connecticut, new restrictions on 16 and 17-year-olds getting their licenses have really paid off.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

Connecticut DMV commissioner Robert Ward says, compared to the prior four years, there’s been a 54 percent reduction in crashes involving teen drivers.

He says the key is limiting distractions for new teen drivers.

“They can’t have passengers, which is highly risky, and the hours of operation are restricted,” Ward told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Ward says parents are very much on board with the new driving laws and he says knowing that these are the laws helps them to boost enforcement at home.

December 5 to December 11 is Teen Safe Driving Awareness Week in Connecticut.

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