Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens accounting for 36 percent of all deaths in this age group. The painful reality behind eye-popping statistics like this one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is galvanizing parents, lawmakers and educators alike to take action. Teens: Behind the Wheel, Town Meeting, a one-hour show premiering live on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) on Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m., will explore the serious issues related to teen driving and take a hard look at proposed remedies. The program will repeat on Saturday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 6 p.m.
During the town meeting broadcast, members of Gov. M. Jodi Rell¹s new Teen Driving Task Force will come together with other parent activists, legislators, driving instructors, law enforcement officials and citizens to discuss solutions such as tougher regulations and increased parental involvement. Radio and television broadcaster Diane Smith will host the CPTV Original production, which will air live from the CPTV studio.
During the broadcast, viewers can call in with comments and questions to 800-842-2788 or e-mail their comments to Teendriving@cptv.org. In addition, Teens: Behind the Wheel, Town Meeting will be streamed online at CPTV.org.