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Governor Paul LePage & Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. Promote Young Driver Safety Awareness

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Location: Augusta, ME

Governor Paul LePage and Secretary of State Charlie Summers are teaming up to promote the importance of safety for Maine's young drivers. Governor LePage recently proclaimed January, 2012 as "Young Drive Safety Awareness Month."

"It is with great sorrow that I express my condolences to the families and friends of the four teenagers who were lost in motor vehicle accidents this past weekend throughout the state of Maine," said the Governor. "I applaud the Secretary of State's efforts to engage parents, educators, students, and community members all across the state about how to better educate our youth on safe driving techniques to avoid these tragedies in the future."

Recently, Secretary of State Charlie Summers announced "Conversations with the Communities" -- a public discussion regarding ways to improve the safety of Maine's young drivers. Summers said Monday, "The tragedies of this past weekend on Maine's roadways involving young drivers reinforce the fact that the safety of all young drivers must be made a top priority. We must, as a community and as a State, ensure our driver's have the necessary education, tools, and experience in order to prevent tragedies such as these."

The Secretary of State's "Conversations with the Communities" will be held on the following dates at the local Bureau of Motor Vehicle Offices: Monday, January 9th in Kennebunk at 6:00 p.m.; Thursday, January 12th in Portland at 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, January 17th in Bangor at 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday, January 18th in Caribou at 6:00 p.m.; and Thursday, January 19th in Calais at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For a complete schedule of "Conversations with the Community", including addresses to the motor vehicle locations or for information and instructions on joining the discussion via Webinar, please visit the Secretary of State's website at

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