Proposed Curfew Aims To Reduce Teen Fatalities On The Road

Attorney Joe Bornstein comments on safety for young drivers

Current restrictions are in place for teen drivers in Maine to ensure that they remain safe on the road - but some say those restrictions are not strong enough.

Under Maine law, teen drivers are not permitted to be behind the wheel between the hours of midnight and 5am. While many recognize the benefits of this measure, new research suggests that more can be done. The latest research from the CDC shows that nearly 1/3 of all car accident fatalities involving teenagers occurred after dark but before midnight - hours that are not covered under the current curfew.

In light of those results, safety advocates have proposed starting an earlier curfew - the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit funded by auto insurers, recommends an 8 p.m. curfew. According to the IIHS, lawmakers need to issue tougher restrictions to keep teen drivers safe.

This proposed restriction would not apply to teenagers driving at night with a licensed adult over the age of 20 riding in the car with them. The idea, according to IIHS researcher Chuck Farmer, is to allow teens to drive at night with a parent in the car to gain valuable experience.

Attorney Joe Bornstein, founder of the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, wholeheartedly agrees with this view. "We've seen far too many young lives irreparably changed or cut short due to accidents, and often, darkness is to blame," said Bornstein. "An earlier curfew would help keep teen drivers off the road when they are most at risk."

Joe Bornstein and his associate attorneys have long been safety advocates for teen drivers statewide. For the past 12 years, the law firm's Arrive Alive Creative Contest has invited high school seniors around Maine to send in creative content about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

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