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CPCA Press Release on Teenage Driving

CPCA Press Release on Teenage Driving

 

 CONNECTICUT POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION

342 North Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut  06117-2507

(860) 586-7506  Fax:  (860) 586-7550  Web site: www.cpcanet.org

 

December 10, 2010

 

Contact:      Pamela D. Hayes, Executive Director, (860) 586-7506

Families of teenage drivers across the state have been watching the tragedy in Griswold unfold with great sadness. Like many families across Connecticut, the law enforcement community shares its sorrow with the loss of these young lives. Parents and teens are using this sad event to ask questions and continue a discussion regarding teen safe driving.

Law enforcement across our state support the need for continued public education of safe driving practices and increased knowledge of the laws which apply to our youngest commuters. Over the last several years, member departments of the CPCA along with Governor Rell, the DMV and DOT have committed efforts to make our roads safer for all drivers.  In 2008, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed a series of laws designed to address the issues facing the safety of teen drivers.

In collaboration with state agencies and WFSB-TV, a fifteen minute teen safe driving video was produced and distributed to police departments and driving schools to share within their communities.   The video was designed to provide a summary of the laws and encourage a family dialogue. “Public education and enforcement of the laws must go hand-in-hand in order for any public safety effort to be successful.” says CPCA President Chief Liza Maruzo-Bolduc, Willimantic Police Department. “This video continues to be a successful way of delivering an important message to teen drivers and their families.  The CPCA encourages individuals and civic organizations to use the tragedy in Griswold as a learning moment and continue the discussion of driving safely.” adds the Chief.

Law Enforcement is often the first of the scene of these tragic accidents. The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association shares the sorrow of the loss of the promising young lives in Griswold and will continue to work towards preventing another deadly incident in the future. For more information on teen driving laws and to learn more about how to keep your family safer on Connecticut roadways

The video can be viewed at the following link; http://www.wfsb.com/video/17223760/index.html

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Founded in 1934, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association is an organization of 600 members, including every Police Chief in Connecticut. They share the goal of serving those members and the public by increasing the understanding of the role of the police in the criminal justice system and by fostering improvements in law enforcement education, practice and research. The CPCA strives to provide the highest quality service to the public by constantly searching for methods that keep Connecticut law enforcement in the forefront of public safety issues and enhancing the quality of life for the residents of the State of Connecticut.  For more information, visit www.cpcanet.org.