Teen driving deaths dropping with new law

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KIMT News 3 — Five years ago a law was put in place in Minnesota to cut down on teen driving deaths and so far, it seems to be working.

The law put restrictions on licenses for teenage drivers.

For the first six months, teens are not allowed to drive at all between midnight and 5 a.m. It also limits the number of passengers they can carry.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that the number of personal injury crashes for that age group dropped by nearly a third after the law was in place.

A chief author of the bill says there is still work to be done.

“Parents who are the primary enforcers of the law often don’t know what the rules are and sometimes they’re sent home information, but they don’t always read it and so there had been interest in having parents actually participate in the driver’s ed training for a small period of time,” said State Rep. Kim Norton, DFL – Rochester.

The number of crashes involving teen drivers has fallen faster than any other age group.

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