2012-01-12 / News

DMV introduces new driver’s safety guide

When it comes to influencing safe teen driving behavior, studies find that parents play a critical role. Until now, parents in Rhode Island have not had a high-quality resource to provide them with the information and guidance needed to help mold their teens into smart drivers.

Governor Lincoln Chafee recently announced that the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles will now distribute “The Parent’s Supervised Driving Guide” to every learners permit recipient under the age of 18 who is required to fulfill the state’s 50-hour supervised driving requirement.

“Driving requires tremendous concentration at all times,” said Chafee. “There are helpful explanations and tips in this handbook that will be of use to both new and experienced drivers.

Chafee added that the driving guide is another example of the new and improved DMV delivering important services to Rhode Islanders.

“Any time we can get the message out to our young drivers – a group that is proven to be at the greatest risk for auto accidents – we are doing a great service for our community,” said Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

DMV personnel will hand the guide directly to parents with an explanation of how it may be used as an effective driver training resource, according to DMV Interim Administrator Carole Dwyer.

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