CT task force tackles teen driving

Gov. Rell?s task force on teen driving met in Hartford Friday to tackle safety concerns about teenagers who get behind the wheel.

The committee's goal is to raise safety concerns with both teens and their parents. Legislators are thinking about changing certain laws in relation to teen driving. The committee is considering lengthening curfew hours for teenagers and increasing the training requirement for driving schools. The need for the committee was underscored by the recent driving death of Cassidy Geary in Norwalk. The 17-year-old was killed in a one-car accident Sunday.

At the meeting, legislators heard from adolescent psychologist Dr. Jack Thaw. Thaw believes 16-year-olds are just too young to get their driver's licenses.

?Their brains are like an inexperienced rider on a runaway horse in terms of emotion,? said Thaw. He believes that affects how they drive.

The committee also appointed Weston High School Principal Rose Marie Sipriano to head a special sub-committee. Sipriano?s committee will look at increasing safety awareness in both teenagers and their parents.

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