Hands-on safety demonstrations at Teen Driving Expo

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, Maine Department of the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Maine Department of Transportation, and AAA Northern New England are co-sponsoring the Teen Driving Expo this Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maine Mall in South Portland.

Teens and their parents will have a chance to experience the risks of distracted and impaired driving first-hand along with other activities such as a mock crash, “You’ve Been Ticketed” and “Are you smarter than your teen driver?” quiz.

The yearly expo is an outreach effort of the “Survive Your Drive” campaign, which seeks to promote safe driving habits, recognizing that car crashes are the leading cause of death of teenagers nationally. All teenagers who are preparing to get their driver’s license, as well as their parents, are encouraged to attend.

In addition to participation in this expo, the BMV also offers the Parent Supervised Driving Program, a resource provided to parents to encourage them to take an active role in teaching their teen about safe driving. The BMV’s parent/teen contract for new drivers is also available and is meant to help improve communication between the parents and their teen.

For more information, contact Kristen Muszynski at Kristen.Muszynski@maine.gov.