2005 News Archive

Registry Makes Outreach to Parents of Teen Drivers

For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2005

In an effort to further reduce the staggering number of motor vehicle accidents involving operators aged 16-18 the Registry of Motor Vehicles today announced that they would be mailing out brochures to the parents of teen drivers, which explain the special restrictions that apply to operators under the age of 18.

Within days of receiving their license the parent or guardian of a junior operator will receive a packet from the Registry of Motor Vehicles which includes a brochure which outlines accident rates for young drivers as well as the two most important components of the Junior Operator Law; the passenger and time restrictions.

“One of the most common complaints I have heard is that the parents did not know about the passenger or time restrictions,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Kimberly Hinden.

“With this brochure we hope to give parents the tools they need to help keep their young drivers safe.”

The passenger restriction, which was designed to keep young drivers from getting distracted by having friends in the car, prohibits a junior operator from operating a motor vehicle within the first 6 months after receiving their license while any passenger under the age of 18 is in the vehicle (other than siblings) unless:

  • They are accompanied by a person who is at least 21 years old
  • Who has at least 1 year of driving experience
  • Has a valid license from Massachusetts or another state
  • Is occupying the seat beside the junior operator

The time restriction was put into effect because statistics show that accident rates for teens are higher at night. In Massachusetts a Junior Operator may not operate a motor vehicle between the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The packet also comes with a tip sheet to hang on the refrigerator door that includes helpful hints on how parents can help young drivers.

Both the brochure and tip sheet are available in Spanish and on the RMV website at www.massrmv.com.

JOL Parents Brochure in English

JOL Parents Brochure in Spanish

How Parents Can Help Young Drivers - English Version

How Parents Can Help Young Drivers - Spanish Version

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