I am asking all motorists, especially young drivers to keep both hands on the wheel and to take part in AT&T’s “It Can Wait” movement.
As County Clerk, I am responsible for the administration of local auto bureaus which issue all drivers’ licenses. I encourage all drivers to take the Safe Driving/No-Texting Pledge and then share it with their friends and family.
This pledge, which can be found at any of the Erie County Auto Bureaus or clicking the link above, is signed by the parent and their teen driver, and states that while driving the teen will not send or receive text messages or use handheld electronic devices. It ensures that the teen understands that if he/she violates any of the rules, it may result in the loss of driving privileges which you reserve the right to deny.
In a recent study by the National Safety Council, more than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-changing injury and death; and according to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Research, texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.
I also encourage all parents to sign and adhere to their own pledge and be a postive example to all your drivers.
A more disturbing fact, based on a survey conducted by AT&T Wireless, is that 77 percent of teens have seen their parent’s text and drive. We need to continually educate the public that texting and driving is not only dangerous and has costly consequences, but it is against the law.
For additional information on the Erie County Clerk’s “Safe Driving/No-Texting Pledge,” please contact my office at 858-7766 or by e-mail at ErieCountyClerkOffice@erie.gov.
CHRISTOPHER L. JACOBS
Erie County Clerk
Effective as of February 22, 2010
Teen Driver Rules
- Hold learner's permit for 6 months before scheduling a road test.
- Record 50 hours of supervised driving practice, 15 of those after dark.
- No more than one non-family passenger under 21
- Prohibited from using ipods, game players and other electronic devices while driving.
- New York State Department of Motor Vehicles-www.dmv.ny.gov
- National Highway Traffic Safety Admnistration-www.nhtsa.dot.gov
- National Safety Council-www.nsc.org
- New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee-www.safeny.ny.gov
- New York State Association of Traffic Safety Boards-www.nysatsb.org
- "Teens" Program Enrollment Form
- Certification of Supervised Driving (Form mv262)