Police in Bergen County, New Jersey issued 317 tickets to teen drivers for violating terms of their graduated driver licenses.
Officers conducted patrols and checkpoints during an 18-day period in April as part of a pilot program designed to reinforce safe driving habits among young drivers.
The teens received summonses for using hand-held electronic devices, failing to wear seat belts and having more passengers than their licenses allow.
Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer says driver distraction and lack of seat belt use are two significant contributing factors to teen crashes.
Thirty-five young drivers and 28 passengers of young drivers died in motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey last year.
The pilot program was the first recommendation made by the state’s Teen Driver Study Commission to be implemented.
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