Parental Notification - Teen Drivers

By Kate Gaier
4:30 pm October 6, 2006

Traffic reports show motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, with 16-year-old drivers having a higher crash rate then any other driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This week Gov. Sonny Perdue announcing that the Georgia State Patrol will start notifying parents or legal guardians every time a minor is stopped for a traffic violation.

SGT Ronald Warren with the Georgia State Patrol said, "We don't believe that this will take up any more additional time. We think that it's a necessary step that it should be beneficial to the parent."

Jakeitheon Wilson is 16 years old and doesn't like the sound of the new program.

"I really think that it's none of their business because we're 16, we've got a license. We should be able to drive around whenever we want."

Gov. Perdue is hoping the program will increase awareness in teen drivers and help lower the teen driver fatality rate.