HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut’s Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman joined state officials and medical professionals to remind teens and their parents to keep safe behind the wheel this Summer. During the Summer, teens often have extra time on their hands, which can lead to dangerous behavior like drinking and driving, or joyriding with friends.
In 2015, state DOT statistics show there were 4,079 crashes in Connecticut involving a 16 or 17-year-old driver. In 2014, there were 3,759 crashes involving that same age group.
“Connecticut has strong teen driving laws, but despite these restrictions, last year we saw a 9 percent increase in car crashes involving 16 and 17 year-olds,” Lt. Governor Wyman said. “We need everyone engaged in teaching young drivers to be responsible behind the wheel-and making our roads safer for all drivers.”
The state’s teen driving laws for 16-and 17-year-olds include passenger restrictions, a nighttime driving curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., and other penalties that include a 30-day loss of license when convicted for violating these and other teen driving measures. Connecticut also has a zero-tolerance law for teens driving under the influence and violations can bring license suspensions and fines.