Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Keeping Young Drivers Safe & Alert

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lexus.jpgThe New York State Senate on Friday passed legislation that would limit the number of non-family member passengers under the age of twenty-one who can ride in a car when the driver holds a class DJ or class MJ learners permit or license.

According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for persons ages 15 to 20. In fact, more than 7,000 teens die annually in traffic crashes.  Statistics show teen drivers, mile to mile, are in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.

“Our teens are at risk every time they get behind the wheel as evidenced by the troubling fact that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers,” said Senator Andrew Lanza. “This bill will create awareness, and ensure that New York State implements the best possible safety and supervision measures so that our teen drivers keep themselves and others safe.”

“Children are our most precious asset, and it is our responsibility in government to make sure they are as safe as possible,” said Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno. “This legislation will help ensure that young drivers keep their eyes and minds on the task at hand each time they get behind the wheel.”

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

(YWN Desk)