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Police To Host Program Aimed At Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

Cranford Police will present the Share the Keys program in May at the Community Center.

The has announced plans for a program aimed at protecting teen drivers through further parental involvement.

Share the Keys New Jersey Parent/Teen Driving Orientation will take place at the , 220 Walnut Ave., next month. Kean University in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and New Jersey State Police has developed Share the Keys, a research based, data –driven orientation designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement.

Graduated Driver License laws are recognized as the single most effective tool for reducing teen driver crashes, injuries and deaths. While New Jersey’s GDL is considered one of the most progressive and stringent in the United States, it must be clearly understood and supported by parents to save lives. To that end, ensuring that parents and teens fully understand the risks and responsibilities associated with driving is essential to teen driver safety.

“Keeping young drivers safe is a priority for the Cranford Police Department. Parents that take an active role in the development of new drivers go a long way in making that effort successful,” Police Chief Eric Mason said.

The program is being offered May 17 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cranford
Community Center. The orientation program is offered at no cost. Parents, guardians and their teens in the pre-GDL/GDL stage of licensure are encouraged to attend together. Pre-registration is requested so that necessary materials are available at the time of the program.

To register contact Lt. Edward Davenport, er-davenport@cranfordnj.org or 908-709-7334. Additional information is available at www.cranford.com/police.

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