(Joplin, MO) – The Joplin Health Department will offer First Impact, a free 90-minute traffic safety course that educates both parents and new drivers about the Missouri’s Graduated Drive License (GDL) law. The program discusses the three-step licensing system of Missouri GDL to help teens build skills while becoming aware of driving hazards and risks.
Teens between the ages of 15 and 19 have the highest crash risk of any age group on the road. Teens are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash and the risk is highest during the first 30 to 90 days of independent driving.
The goal of the program is to reduce the number of vehicle fatalities, injuries, and crashes among teen drivers by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri GDL law. Parents will receive tools to monitor, coach, and support their teen driver. Research indicates the program has been instrumental and has assisted to reduce teen crashes.
For more information, please call 573.884.4363.
Joplin Health Department
417.623.6122, ext. 1256