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Connecticut Teen Driving Restrictions Pay Off With Safety

Teen Drivers - File / Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

Teen Drivers – File / Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

HARTFORD, CT (CBSNewYork) - Since Connecticut’s new tougher teen driving restrictions took effect four years ago, the death rate of young teen drivers involved in accidents has diminished by 87 percent, WCBS 880 Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

From 2002 to 2007, there were about eight teen drivers killed each year in crashes. In 2011, there was just one.

“Restrictions say no passengers once you get your license for a year and you got to be in with that car at 11 o’clock,” the DMV’s Bill Seymour told Schneidau.

Seymour said that, as a result of these restrictions, a lot of teens are waiting until they’re 18-years-old to get their licenses.

“There’s no fun in getting the license now because they can’t go out joyriding with their friends,” said Seymour.

He said that has helped cut the accident rate.

Seymour noted that prom season is just around the corner and the DMV is urges parents to get involved and chauffeur their kids to after-prom parties and then back home safely.

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