Connecticut Teens Waiting For Driver’s Licenses

HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – Connecticut’s tough teen driving laws are keeping many teens from getting behind the wheel.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

Under Connecticut’s rules, 16 and 17-year-old drivers can’t have their friends in the car, must have their parents ride along for a period of time and have to be off the road by 11 p.m.

That’s why a DMV spokesman tells the Connecticut Post that many teens are waiting until they’re older to get licenses.

Crashes involving 16 and 17-year-olds have fallen by nearly a third.

The week of Dec. 4-10 has also been declared as Safe Teen Driving Awareness Week by Gov. Dan Malloy in an effort to continue educating teens about the dangers of being an inexperienced driver.

Do you like Connecticut’s new rules for young drivers? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • p8nt

    So while crashes involving 16-17 yo have gone down, in a couple of years crashes involving 18-19 yo drivers will go up considerably. Being a certain age is not as much of a factor of being a danger on the road as much as inexperience. They will do the same stuff behind the wheel when they were 16-17. They should make it mandatory that all new drivers must go through the GDL process for the first year. Although, a someone could get their license and just not drive until after the GDL process.

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