UVA Health System Offering Free Program to Promote Safe Driving Among Teens
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia Health System hopes a free safety course will warn new drivers about the dangers of being impaired or distracted behind the wheel.
The Behind the Scenes: Teen Driver Education Program shows young drivers what it's like to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. They hear firsthand from survivors about the recovery process after a serious accident.
Members of the UVA trauma team also give families a simulation of what it's like for a trauma member to respond to a crash.
Families will also create a family driving contract to set rules they expect their young driver to follow.
“One of the benefits for parents is that it’s on a weekend and they can come with their teen, and so that allows for a conversation to get going together as a family," said Liz Cochran, injury prevention coordinator.
The program is open to families from all over the area.
Albemarle County Public Schools participants will receive a 10 percent discount on the school system's mandatory Behind the Wheel program. This course also counts as a parent seminar, which is part of the ACPS program.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 7, at the Education Resource Center on the hospital grounds. UVA plans to host another free driver education course in the spring.
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