Keeping young drivers on Long Island

August 6, 2009 3:00:09 PM PDT
There's a new program in Suffolk County aimed at keeping young drivers safe. Out on the roads, there's no doubt that drivers between ages 16 and 21 often become the victims of car crashes.

Nationally about 3,000 of them die each year.

The Suffolk county sheriff has announced a new plan called the Stopped Program, where parents can obtain a decal for their teen's car and, if the car is stopped, parents will be notified as to when, where, and why.

"And this program, hopefully, will be a deterrent for those teenagers who are registered in the program, because they won't be able to hide from their parents," said Sheriff Vincent DeMarco.

For Denna Cohen's daughter Jodi, it might have made the difference between life and death. The driver who killed her, was a repeat offender, who allegedly began driving drunk in her teens.

"I don't want another parent to suffer this pain that goes on for as long as you live...it doesn't go away. The pain is always there," said Cohen, who is a member of M.A.D.D.

Now, there is another part of the program. sort of a more, hands-on approach to teach teens about the affects of drinking on their vision when they drive.

The new test, now on the road to area high schools and fairs as the program, hopefully reaches a group of drivers who desperately need a wake up call.

More information on Suffolk County program.


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