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Pilot Program to Promote Safe Driving for Teens

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has unveiled a pilot program with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help at-risk teens gain practical driving experience. With a Level 1 license or learner’s permit under Michigan’s licensing program, young drivers must log a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving with a parent, guardian or designated adult age 21 or older. Under the pilot program, volunteers or “Bigs” are encouraged to serve as the driving coach and role model for their Little Brother or Sister.
The Secretary of State provides materials, including access to a free smartphone app that helps track hours behind the wheel and offers coaching tips. No additional auto insurance is required when driving with a teen with a Level 1 license. Johnson says teens need hel to obtain the training and practice to learn how to drive safely. In 2012, 10 percent of drivers in Michigan involved in fatal crashes were under the age of 21.

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