January marked the 10th anniversary of Connecticut imposing restrictions and stronger safety standards on teen drivers. A recent DMV analysis shows these standards have brought large decreases in crashes, injuries and deaths in the last decade.
When comparing deaths and injuries before and after these laws took effect, the analysis shows an overall average of more than a 60-percent reduction in crashes, deaths and injuries among 16- and 17-year-old drivers. This analysis also found that teen drivers 16 to 19 die or are injured twice as often as passengers.
The information is contained in the newly compiled 2013 DMV Report on Teen Safe Driving in Connecticut. It reviews a wide range of issues pertaining to driving habits and views toward driving of the 16 to 19 year-old age group.