Officials Look To Cut Down On Teen Auto Accidents

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MIDDLETOWN – High school students and teen driver safety advocates will make a presentation today at Mercy High School to talk about what teens need to do to stay safe on the roads and mark National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Motor vehicle crashes remain the primary cause of death for adolescents, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers.

As of the end of September, nine teens in Greater Hartford, aged 15 to 18, had been killed in car crashes in the past five months.

Speakers for today’s event include students from the DMV Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Teen Safe Driving, Attorney General George Jepsen, DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and a trauma surgeon from saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

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