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New PA License Plates Label Teen Drivers

TUNKHANNOCK — It is Teen Driver Safety Week in Pennsylvania and to mark the week, PennDOT is actually marking teenagers behind the wheel.

The state is now making available specialty license plates for parents to buy that will signify a teenager is driving.  We asked teens and parents in Wyoming County what they think about it.

When a car is pulling out of a high school parking lot, you can figure there’s a good chance a teenager will behind the wheel. But out on the road, it’s not so easy to know that an inexperienced driver is in that car in front of you.

Now, Pennsylvania is trying to change that, with specialty teen driver plates.

Parents can get them for $20. It comes with a seal declaring “teen driver, please be courteous.”

Krystal Kwiatkowski is a teen driver. Her sister Lindsey has a learners permit.

“Having something that says there’s a teenager driving would be a good idea to let people around them know.  Because teenagers are like that, they have that risk around them.  They’re young and they’re stupid,” laughed Krystal.

“I wouldn’t want people to be afraid to drive around me, but I do think it would be good for other teenagers to let everyone know,” Lindsey said.

Julie Collette’s daughter is about to be a driver. She wouldn’t mind labeling her with the teen driver plate.

“It will actually ensure me that people would know that she is a teen driver,” she said.

But other parents with teens out on the road don’t think it’s for them.

“To me, it wouldn’t bother me if my daughter had a license plate that said teenager or not. I know she’s a safe driver because I made sure she was a safe driver.”

What about other drivers who see these plates on those teen driven cars? We asked if that would change their driving at all.

“Maybe back off a little bit, yeah. You don’t know. They obviously don’t have as much experience as other people on the road have,” said Erick Perez of Tunkhannock.

The teen driver specialty plates are $20. For more information on how to get one, click here.



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