Parent-Teen Driver’s Education Presentations

Local crash data shows Wright County’s youngest and most inexperienced drivers are involved in the highest proportion of crashes. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Wright County teens.

To help new drivers and their parents prepare for teens getting behind the wheel, SCWC hosts Parent – Teen Driver’s Education presentations in cooperation with local school districts. Soon to be drivers and their parents attend a two-hour presentation as part of the Driver’s Education classroom training. The presentation includes speakers who represent local law enforcement, emergency medical services, and crash survivors. The focus of the presentation is to educate the audience on the seriousness of teen driving, the real risk of teen crashes, and what parents and teens can do to make things safer when new drivers are behind the wheel.

Students and parents complete evaluations after each presentation. These evaluations show:

  • From parents

    • 99% indicate the presentation adds value to the driver’s ed course

    • 91% will change the way they teach their child to drive as a result of the information shared

    • 88% will place driving restrictions on their child as a result of the information shared

    • 77% will change their own driving habits as a result of the information shared

  •     From students

    • 97% indicate the presentation adds value to the driver’s ed course

    • 94% indicate the presentation will influence their new driving habits

    • Crash Survivor” and “Crash Photos” cited as having the most impact on them during the presentation



Putting together a Parent – Teen presentation takes a lot of work and commitment. Key partners in this project include Wright County Public Health, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Annandale, Buffalo, and Howard Lake Police Departments,  Allina Health EMS, CentraCare EMS, and numerous other committed volunteers.

Safe Communities of Wright County won the 2006 MN STAR Award given out by the Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for excellence in traffic safety. The award was given to SCWC for their exemplary work with the Parent-Teen Presentations in Wright County.

What can I do?

What can I do?

WEAR A SEAT BELT :
Seat belts save lives. Every person should buckle up in every seat every time.

DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT :
Drive safe, drive smart, and drive the speed limit.

CONCENTRATE ON DRIVING :
Crashes aren't accidents. Pay attention always!

DRIVE SOBER :
Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Impairment begins with the first drink. Never drive drunk or get into a vehicle with a drunk driver!

 


How you can help?

If you are in the Wright County area and interested in volunteering to help us save lives through safer roads, we would love to hear from you. We are always looking for volunteer speakers to share personal crash stories, office support, community education and event representatives.

If you are interested in volunteering for Safe Communities of Wright County, please Contact Us.