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Rell appoints task force on fatal youth crashes

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Published 7:00 pm, Thursday, November 29, 2007
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The goals of the group, which will include parents whose children died in motor vehicle crashes, will be to educate youngsters and their families about safety issues.

The Teen Safe Driving Task Force will have a variety of members. Officials from law enforcement, insurance, medicine, driver education and school administration will join representatives from the state departments of Motor Vehicles, Public Health, Transportation and Public Safety.

Rell appointed DMV Commissioner Robert M. Ward and Dr. J. Robert Galvin, commissioner of the Department of Public Health, as co-chairmen to guide the group's formulation of both short and long-term goals.

"There is a clear need for a re-examination of requirements for driving, how we - state regulators, law enforcement, education officials and parents - stress the critical issues of safety and make that message effective," Ward said in a statement.

"This is a critical issue because the loss of a child is never acceptable," Galvin said. "We know that education and awareness programs work and we must continually strive to make our communities safer through a combination of education, awareness and new laws."