Clovis PD Encourages Safe Driving for National Teen Driver Safety Week

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It is National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 18 to 24) and the Clovis Police Department is encouraging parents to take this time to talk with their newly licensed teenagers about the importance of safe driving.

“New drivers will naturally be inexperienced,” Clovis Police Department Officer Ferguson said. “Parents play an important role helping teens stay safe behind the wheel. It starts with practicing good habits like wearing a seat belt, staying off the phone and following the speed limit.”

Some of the greatest risks for teen drivers are speeding, distracted driving, or driving impaired. Parents should educate their teens that driving is not a right but a privilege.

Here are some tips provided by Clovis Police Department:

  • Avoid Distractions: Cell phone use while driving is illegal. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone or other electronic device for any reason, including hands-free.
  • Understand Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws: For the first 12 months you have a license or until the age of 18, no passengers under 20 years old are allowed unless a licensed parent, guardian or other adult 25 years old or older is in the car with you. Late-night driving (between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.) is also not permitted.
  • Never Drive Under the Influence: All teens are too young to legally buy, possess or consume alcohol. Under California’s zero tolerance law, any driver under 21 cannot drink any alcohol and drive (blood alcohol concentration of .01% or higher).
  • Follow the Speed Limit: The road is not a racetrack. Speeding is a risky behavior that increases the chances of serious injury or death in a crash.

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