Local and state safety advocates, police officers, and transportation officials will kick off National Teen Driver Safety Week this Friday in Watertown.
The nationally-observed week, which runs Oct. 14 to Oct. 20, focuses on parental involvement in driverís education, junior operator programs, increasing seat belt use and reducing teen access to alcohol.
The event on Friday will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Watertown Registry of Motor Vehicles branch on Arsenal Street.
MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian will be at the event with leaders from the Massachusetts State Police, Safe Roads Alliance, Students Against Destructive Decisions, AAA motor club, insurance companies, and local parents and teens.
Following a speaking program, attendees will have an opportunity to win an E-Z Pass On the Go transponder, a $20 value; a coveted "No Wait RMV" pass; and three road-side safety kits.
An Emergency Service Patrol van will be on display to show drivers the emergency gear carried in the vehicle.
Parents and teens are also invited to learn more about The Parentís Supervised Driving Program made possible by Safety Insurance.
Additional sponsor prizes and giveaways by Irving Oil and LoJack. Informational material will also be provided by sponsors and participants.
For more transportation information, visit MassDOT's website.
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