P.O. Box 160
Trenton, NJ
Contact: Mike Horan
Dave Weinstein
RELEASE: October 3, 2006

MVC Unveils New Parent Guide
Harrington Urges Parents to Take Active Role in Young Drivers’ Lives

(TRENTON) – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) has unveiled a new, informative guide that encourages parents and guardians to teach safe, responsible driving habits to their first-time drivers.

Entitled Safe Driving: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Teens, the publication helps parents and guardians to promote a positive message while providing valuable motor vehicle information to share with their new driver. The guide clearly outlines New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program, its restrictions and requirements. Other valuable topics covered include driver distractions, signs and signals, vehicle equipment, parking and driver responsibility.

The new guide also includes educational checklists so that parents and guardians can track their new driver’s progress toward a full-privilege driver license.

“Getting a permit to drive is a major milestone in a young person’s life,” said Sharon A. Harrington, MVC Chief Administrator. “That is why it is critical for parents and guardians to play a hands-on, influential role from the beginning that helps develop better prepared, safer drivers. Parents and guardians have just as much responsibility in this process as does a new driver.”

The guide was developed cooperatively with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

“The success of young, new drivers is tied directly to the support of his or her parents as role models behind the wheel,” said Roberto Rodriguez, Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “New Jersey continues to see the benefits of its Graduated Drivers License Program.  Increased parental oversight and involvement is vital in creating a new generation of safer drivers.”

Used in conjunction with the New Jersey Driver Manual and mandatory behind-the-wheel training, the new guide will be distributed at Motor Vehicle Agencies statewide with each driver permit. School districts have the opportunity to obtain copies to use in driving instruction courses offered throughout the state. In addition, the guide will also be available to the public at www.njmvc.gov.