Avon teen drivers signed safe driving agreements last week with their parents in honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week.
The Avon Police Department and Avon High School partnered in encouraging teens to commit to "practice safe driving habits." The theme of the week was "It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving," police said in a release.
According to the police, "car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens" and communication with parents on the issue is important. Teens who do so are "twice as likely to wear seat belts," "70 percent less likely to drink and drive," "half as likely to speed" and 30 percent less likely to drive while on the phone," police said that statistics on ppbh.com show.
The state's Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Teen Driving drafted the AAA-sponsored contract, which can be viewed on the Avon police page on the town website. Signed agreements were collected Oct. 22 to 26 and the department sponsored a private lunch with four friends for the 50th student to turn one.
Police encourage parents and teens to sign the agreement.
"Spread the word to friends and family and help the Avon Police Department create safer roads for our teens and community," police said.
Parents, did you sign the agreement with your teen? Teens, did you sign? Tell us in the comments why this issue is important to you.