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Safe driving Facebook chat with teens & parents on June 26


Summer is here! A season for barbecues, blockbusters, swimming, sunscreen and young love. But summer brings something else, too: School’s out, and that means more teens behind the wheel than any other time of year.

Did you know that the 100 days that fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for young drivers on our roads? Teenagers are driving more often, with more friends, taking unfamiliar roads, heading to the beach or another recreational spot.

It’s part of our job to educate drivers young and old, and keep everyone on our roads safe. So this Friday, the DMV will be hosting a Facebook chat for parents and their teens to talk about safe driving practices.

We’ll address topics such as distracted driving, driving under the influence and parental roles and responsibilities. We’re happy to answer any questions about provisional driving restrictions or any other topics related to young drivers during the discussion.

All parents and teens driving in California are welcome to join the conversation. Details on how to participate are below.

June 26, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Please do not post any personal identifying information (phone number, address, driver license or identification card numbers, etc.),

Please do not post any profanity, racial or sexual comments or questions.

Depending on the amount of questions we receive, we may not be able to answer all of them, though we will try to answer as many as we can.


LIKE the California DMV on Facebook (facebook.com/CADMV).

LOOK for the post that will kick off the conversation at 11 a.m. and add your questions/contributions as comments.

Resolve to be Safe Responsible Drivers

It’s time to make a New Year Resolution! As 2013 comes to a close take a minute to reflect on all that was accomplished. For 2014 strive to be the best and create new attainable resolutions. Let’s face it drivers develop bad habits, so set a resolution to break these bad habits. A little dedication and hard work can keep the roadways safer for 2014.

Let’s resolve to be responsible and safe drivers:

  1. Never drink and drive, or drive buzzed
  2. End distracted driving, and drive phone-free
  3. Wear seat belts, every trip, every time
  4. Share the Road with motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians

DMV would like to wish you a Safe and Happy New Year!


DMV would like to wish you a Safe and Happy Holiday!


Holidays are about spending time with family and friends.  Whether you are driving to celebrate with family or picking up last minute presents, be sure to safely bring the best gift of all…YOU! Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach the destination. Be more observant, visibility is often limited by winter weather conditions.

  • Millions of drivers will be on the roadway this holiday season so here are a few driving tips to help you navigate safely:
  • Make sure your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition.
  • Keep the windshield and windows clear on the vehicle. Use the defroster and keep a clean cloth handy to maintain fog free windows.
  • Carry an emergency kit. You can build your own with tips found at http://www.ots.ca.gov/roadsideemergencykit.asp.
  • Turn off the phone when you get behind the wheel.

If you are planning to drink, always designate a sober driver before the celebration begins.

Don’t forget to secure the best gift with a ribbon. It will only take you two seconds to put your seat belt on.


Safe Drivers = Family Feasting and Football

The DMV would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and thank everyone for their continued business.  As you begin your holiday travel, take note to avoid driver distractions (i.e. texting, eating, applying makeup) so you reach your destination safely.   Families will be on the road in record numbers, so it’s important to remain focused while driving.

…Now go and enjoy the four “F”s – family, friends, food and football!

A Safe and Spooktacular Night


It’s that time of the year when ghouls and goblins take over the night and haunt the streets.  An array of superheroes, villains, and princesses will parade from house to house filling their buckets with goodies. Halloween is a fun-filled night for children, parents, and partygoers alike. The scary parts of Halloween are not the haunted houses but the distracted and alcohol impaired drivers. 

To keep children safe this Halloween, here are safety tips for the Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Plan a safe route on well-lit streets and always walk on sidewalks or paths. Remind children not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or playing fields.
  • Cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop.
  • If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic.
  • Visibility:
    • Decorate costumes with reflective tape. 
    • Use a flashlight.
    • Glow sticks as necklaces or bracelets are also fun choices.

 A reminder for motorists during haunting season:

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Slow Down!
    • Use caution and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
    • Enter/exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Turn on headlights to increase visibility – even in daylight.
  • Eliminate distractions and concentrate on the road/surroundings.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

 For more information visit DMV’s Pedestrian Safety page and have a Happy Halloween!  

Calling All Laborers

Historically, Labor Day has been celebrated each year on the first Monday in September and is a hats off to American workers who have contributed to the well-being of our country. The fabric of our nation wouldn’t be as strong without the hard work of those with various backgrounds, skill sets and talents.

Recognizing the dedication of our nation’s people is definitely something to celebrate. Similarly, the DMV realizes this and would like to remind you to drink responsibly over the holiday weekend and always enlist a designated driver to take over the wheel.

Labor Day weekend is also considered one of the busier weekends for travel, since many families take advantage of the last three day weekend before summer’s end. This year in particular, AAA estimates a record number of families will be on the road “…due to the increasingly positive economic outlook.” 

So, before you and your family head out on the road together, keep the following in mind:

  • Don’t drive if you’re tired.  If you do catch yourself dozing off while driving, pull over to a safe, well-lit area and rest before you continue.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. Don’t call, text or eat while driving. 
  • Exercise extra patience and caution. As mentioned, there will be more cars on the roadways this year.

In addition to the ones above, driver distractions can occur in many other forms. The more you’re aware, the better off you’ll be!

As Aristotle said, “The end of labor is to gain leisure” – now go and celebrate!

Celebrate Responsibly This Independence Day


As Fourth of July approaches, the only red, white and blue DMV would like you to see are the celebratory colors of our nation, not the flashing lights of a patrol car. That is why the department wants to remind you to be extra cautious on the roadways, especially during the national holiday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “the iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.” This means more people are drinking and driving on the road during Fourth of July than most other times of the year.

In addition to drunk driving, driver distractions can occur in other forms. Texting, eating and cell phone use are such common distractions. So if travel is in your plans, read the following tips before you head out:

•    Eat before or after you drive, so you won’t have to do so while driving.
•    Leave early to allow yourself enough time to reach your destination without having to rush.
•    Map out your route prior to getting in your vehicle.
•    Check your vehicle’s controls to make sure everything is working properly.
•    Exercise caution and drive slowly, as parents and children will begin lighting fireworks in the street once it gets dark.

Don’t become a statistic! Driver distractions are the leading cause of most vehicle collisions and near-collisions. The DMV wants to make sure you are equipped with the necessary resources to keep you, your family and your friends safe this coming holiday. Find out other ways to minimize common driver distractions.

Happy Fourth of July!

The Tale of Two Mojitos

Trudy hadn’t been out in ages, so when she got invited to meet some friends after work, she was excited beyond words.  Of course she had to tell us all about it on Facebook and Twitter.

She made it to the sports bar where her friends had gathered and Trudy orders her favorite cocktail, the ever popular Mojito.  If you’ve ever had one of these drinks, you know they go down pretty easy since you can hardly taste the alcohol.   Trudy slugged down her first drink, then quickly ordered another. Now mind you, Trudy is 5’2” and weighs 105 pounds, and that’s if she is soaking wet.  Oh, and to top it all off, she hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast,  by this time, it’s well into dinner time.   Take a look at this drink chart.  Was she in the danger zone by this point?  Well, yeah!  She was in the danger zone with her first drink!  Trudy, Trudy Trudy.  Wasn’t that a song?  I’ll have to Google that…  I digress……


A Tale of Two Courts

To make matters worse, Trudy made a bad decision to drive home and she got pulled over for having a tail light out.  But it isn’t just the taillight that causes her trouble, she ended up getting arrested for DUI, went to jail and had her car impounded.  Oh, but that’s just the beginning of this sad tale.

Trudy then had to go to the DMV hearing where they suspended her license for four months, and put a DUI on her driving record for the next 10 years.

Then she had to go to the criminal court, where the judge made her pay a big fine, go to a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Program (which also costs a bunch of money) and was put on probation.  To help her along with her legal troubles, she had to hire an attorney.  This whole ordeal cost her at least $10,000 dollars.

After all was said and done, Trudy Tweeted:.

@trudy1257388, I thought I could handle 2 drinks and the quick drive home, but I got a DUI and should have called a cab 😦