PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - People who have been working to hammer home the the message of safe teen driving are expressing frustration tonight after news of a second fatal crash in two weeks involving a young inexperienced driver.
Before Alexia Valente was killed Wednesday night in a car crash in Hiram a 15-year old girl from Bucksport died in a crash two weeks ago. In both cases the drivers were in violation of teen driving laws for not having a relative in the vehicle with them. In the Hiram crash investigators say the car was speeding and no one inside was wearing a seat belt.
People who have been working to spread the message of safe driving say just as new tougher requirements for teen drivers are taking effect in Maine, it's difficult to hear about the deaths of these two teenagers.
"Car crashes are the leading cause of death teens in this country. We work to get the message across to parents that they need to stay involved, well beyond the driver education but into the early years of driving", said Pat Moody of Triple A.
They are preventable. I think that's the message that we need to carry forth. It's very, very frustrating. It's the most frustrating aspect of my job", said Secretary of State Matt Dunlap.
Secretary of State Dunlap says statistics do show tougher requirements for teens and awareness efforts are working to reduce the number of crashes, but he says that's little comfort to people mourning the loss of two young lives in their communities.