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New York State Police are launching a traffic safety campaign aimed at minimizing crashes involving teen drivers.

"The Empty Chair" driving safety campaign starts Monday and runs through Friday. The empty chair symbolizes the missing high school senior on graduation day.

The campaign will target specific laws regarding speeding in school zones, seat belt use and child restraints, cellphone use, and underage drinking and impaired driving.

Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and unmarked cars.

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A bill passed by the New York State Senate would allow towns more freedom in controlling the speed limit on roadways. 

The legislation passed by the state Senate Tuesday would allow towns in New York with populations of 50,000 or less to set the speed limit within their jurisdictions. Under current law, towns are required to petition the New York State Department of Transportation in order to change a speed limit – a process that can take a considerable amount of time.

However, villages, cities, and several larger communities are exempt from having to petition.

New adult drivers in Connecticut will soon need a learner's permit before taking the road test for a driver's license.

The three-month permit will be mandatory for drivers 18 and older starting Wednesday.

The new law ends a 106-year practice of not requiring adult drivers in Connecticut to complete a training period before getting a driver's license.

Applicants will receive an adult learner permit after passing a 25-question knowledge test and a vision test. They will also have to take an eight-hour safe driving practices course, which costs $125.

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