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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office is encouraging parents and caregivers to talk to teenagers about driving safely.

The office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recognize national Teen Driver Safety Week.

Multiple state agencies are making teen driver safety a priority and encouraging parents and caregivers to set aside time this week to get involved.

Kendell Poole is director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. He said parents shouldn’t hand over the keys without having a discussion about safe driving practices.

Last year, officials said there were over 100 fatalities in Tennessee that involved a teen driver.

Parents and caregivers can find information about talking to young drivers at