To bolster teen driver protection in Missouri, I am recommending that high schools implement a sustained, comprehensive driver safety program. The primary purposes of such a program will be to reduce the types of teen driver collisions that cause serious injury and fatalities and set driving standards that will allow young and inexperienced drivers to cultivate a safer approach to driving.
In this regard, I am recommending that school administrators consider implementing the Drive By Example High School Driver Safety program. Drive By Example is a drivers safety communications platform that is a perfect fit for high school application because it:
âˆ™ is built on a clear, concise, and memorable driver safety message to â€œdrive by example – alert, bucked, and cautious;
âˆ™ addresses multiple teen driving safety priorities, including the reduction of distracted, reckless, and impaired driving;
âˆ™ emphasizes a defensive driving approach that is centered on the protection of teen drivers and their passengers;
âˆ™ encourages a higher driving standard, personal responsibility, and student leadership.
âˆ™ is designed to be a sustained campaign of indefinite duration that will keep driver safety high on the student consciousness
Also, because driver safety education is one of the most important aspects of driver development, I am also advocating that Missouri high schools provide driver safety education as part of the studentâ€™s course requirements. While traditional â€œDriverâ€™s Edâ€ is no longer feasible from a cost standpoint, driving safety education addresses a vital public safety concern and can be easily included within the high schoolâ€™s 9th and 10th grade health studies curriculum.
In order to assist high schools in gearing up to offer driver safety education instruction, Drive By Exampleâ€™s model high school program includes a driver safety education course outline that gives students a solid foundation in driver safety, including instruction on safe driving habits and behaviors, vehicle safety, important aspects of automobile insurance, and emergency/accident procedures.