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Sheriff DeMarco Wants Parents to Know About New York's Graduated License Law and Notification System

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 10/20/2015 | Views: 2845

RIVERHEAD, NY-- While New York’s Graduated License Law took effect in 2010, many parents are still unaware of the restrictions on drivers with learner permits and junior drivers under the age of 18.  In light of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs from October 18-24th, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco would like to remind parents about the key provisions in the law, as well as ways parents can monitor the driving behavior of their children or guardians. He is urging parents to go to the Sheriff’s Office website to check out its Teen Driver Safety webpage to learn about these initiatives and familiarize themselves with the restrictions on Junior Permit holders and Junior License holders.

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Car crashes are a leading cause of death among teens and new drivers, largely because they are inexperienced and not as attentive to the drivers around them.  New York’s Graduated License Law was enacted to ease teens into driving by increasing privileges as they become more experienced drivers.  Another program, the Teen Electronic Event Notification Services, notifies parents or guardians of youth under the age of 18 if there is any activity on their child’s driver’s license record, such as a ticket, accident or suspension. 

“Young people tend to want to push the limits when they first obtain their driver’s permit or their junior driver’s license, and if parents are uninformed about New York’s Graduated License Law, they can’t reinforce important rules when their children begin to drive,” stated Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco. He added, “There are also ways that parents can be notified if their teen is texting and driving, or if they receive a ticket. These tools give parents some control of their teenagers’ driving habits by allowing them to extend or restrict privileges based on their child’s behavior behind the wheel.” 

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