CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Staff at the University of Virginia Medical Center says they are seeing an increase in the number of teen driver-related fatalities. Now they're putting together a new program to help parents and their children stay safe on the roads.

The Young Driver and Parent Education Program is hosted by the UVA Trauma Center as a way to educate new drivers about the risks on the road and show parents how they can also play a big role. During the free interactive discussion, attendees will hear from trauma survivors about their accidents.

The program discusses the risks of texting while driving, as well as drinking and driving but also focuses on general safety practices. Staff said drivers aged 18 to 24 are at their highest risk to be involved in a fatal crash. 

"I have had parents email me weeks later saying that their child has taken it upon themselves to monitor safe driving practices, not only in themselves but in other family members and their friends," said Liz Cochran, injury prevention coordinator at the University of Virginia Health System.

UVA Trauma Center staff said they will be hosting those educational discussions twice each year. Students interested in attending the program must be accompanied by a parent.

The event will take place Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon at the UVA Education Resource Center. That program is in collaboration with the Life Support Learning Center and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad