HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The annual state teen safe summer driving campaign is about to begin. The campaign was officially kicked off today and begins Memorial Day Weekend by Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, the State Department’s of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Public Health, Consumer Protection, Mental Health and Addiction Services, the state police, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and others.
Despite statistics from the DMV showing teen driver and passenger fatalities are at a 12 year old low, Lt Governor Wyman says “teens are still getting into cars with drunk drivers, and they are reporting drinking behind the wheel.”
The campaign includes additional enforcement by not only local and state police but also the Department of Consumer Protection’s Liquor Control Division. According to a 2013 survey by the state health and education departments 22 percent of teen reported being in a car with a drunk driver and 9 percent reported driving while drinking alcohol.
The campaign is designed to prevent underage drinking and driving and impaired driving among young motor vehicle drivers.