In 2008 Connecticut adopted more stringent teen driver laws. Many are attributing a ten year low teen driver fatality rate to the new regulations. The recent tragic accident that took the lives of three teens brings the issue of teen driver and passenger safety to the forefront. As we grieve we also turn our efforts toward preventing this type of accident from occurring ever again. But how can we do this?
The new laws and regulations seem to be helping. The laws include stricter penalties for violations and immediate license revocation for driving under the influence and excess speed. However, police and safety experts know that laws are not enough to bring the teen fatal car accident numbers to zero. It is up to high schools, parents and law enforcement to help teenagers understand the consequences of their actions.
One school, Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, has established a Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter. One issue the group works to promote is teen driver safety. With the use of speakers and educational programs the Woodbridge chapter hopes to keep the teen driver safety dialogue open. Gary Lindgren is the groups advisor.
“Every two years, just before Homecoming, we have an assembly featuring MADD’s ‘The Hard Truth’, which is a program that provides the facts and consequences of drinking and driving.”
In addition, the school has implemented mandatory Brethalyzers for all events. They also stage mock car crashes and have firefighters and EMT’s speak with students about what it’s like to be at crash sites caused by alcohol and drugs.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren would like to send our deepest condolences out to the families of those lost in the recent tragic accident.