Did you know that car crashes are the number-one killer of teens aged 15 to 19? This age group has the highest crash rate of any age group on the road and teens are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. The risk is highest during their first 30 to 90 days of independent driving.
Teaching your teen to drive can be challenging, that’s why the Joplin Health Department will be hosting First Impact-Keeping your Teen Driver Safe at the Joplin Public Library in the Community Room (1901 E. 20th Street, Joplin, Missouri) on Tuesday, September 19.
The program is a free 90-minute presentation designed to assist parents and their teens, who will be getting their driving permit, have their permit, or who have their license and are new to independent driving. This program is administered through the University of Missouri and largely funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Since Missouri does not require driver education, this program’s goal is to assist parents with identifying risky driving behavior of teens and to inform everyone about the Graduated Driver License (GDL) law. Parents and guardians will learn about the risks that their new teen drivers face and will also be provided with tools to monitor, coach, and support their teen driving so they can reduce the risk of fatalities and injuries of teen drivers by 20 to 40%.
This program is free, but registration is required. You can register here.
Joplin Health Department
417.623.6122, ext. 1256