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Safe driving Facebook chat with teens & parents on June 26

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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.

GUIDELINES

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.

HOW TO POST A QUESTION TO DMV

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.

Celebrate Responsibly This Independence Day

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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!