Police want teens to remember to drive safe this summer

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – It’s a rite of passage for teenagers. Getting your license and hitting the roads. But, with power comes responsibility.

Michigan Center High School Junior Grace Clark said, “some people try to act like cool. Like, ‘oh, I just got my license.’ It sometimes like…it’s a huge deal. It’s a big deal.”

Michigan State Police have seen a lot of this on the roads. And, all too often people 16 to 20 years old are victims. They make up half of deadly crashes in Michigan. That’s why police say a few small adjustments can go a long way.

“Be familiar with the vehicle that you’re driving. Know your gear shift. Make sure the mirrors are in proper positions so you can see. Make sure your seat is in proper position. And, make sure the hands are placed on the steering wheel,” said Michigan State Police Lt. Kyle Bowman.

State law places more restrictions on beginners licenses…because of their inexperience. The Secretary of State is responsible for making sure drivers are safe.

“Every teen driver is on probation which means we follow their driving record very closely and if they get a number of crashes or if they get a large number of traffic violations we would be reviewing them and possibly restricting their license further or suspending it totally,” said Michigan Secretary of State Spokesperson Fred Woodhams.

And, some young drivers understand why restrictions are necessary.

“They don’t have as much experience in driving. And like, older people have more experience and know the roads,” said Clark.

Pay attention, put the cell phones away and focus on driving according to police. Keeping you and other people on the roads safe during the summer.

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