Jefferson City parents learn how to keep their teen drivers safe

1 year 11 months 1 week ago Thursday, April 19 2018 Apr 19, 2018 Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:03:00 PM CDT April 19, 2018 in News
By: Kara Strickland, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - A traffic safety education program, First Impact, taught parents the ins and outs of putting their teen behind the wheel Thursday night.

Parents gathered at Jefferson City High School to learn first hand what it takes to reduce the likelihood of their child getting in a new-driver crash. 

Sgt. Doug Ruediger works for the traffic unit of the Jefferson City Police Department and said teens are most likely to experience a crash.

“Historically the 16- to-20-year-old driving age is our highest number for car crashes, and it's not that they are bad drivers, they are just inexperienced," Ruediger said.

First Impact helps inform parents about laws in Missouri as well as how to keep their teens safe.

“A lot of them don’t know the seatbelt restrictions as well as the time limit restrictions for teen drivers,” Ruediger said.

Another thing First Impact teaches parents about is the Missouri Graduated Drivers License law.  

“80 percent of Missourians surveyed know nothing about the Graduated Drivers License Law,” Deana Dothage said.

Dothage is the director of First Impact and is the parent of a 16-year-old new driver. Dothage said she has experienced what she is teaching first hand.

“It’s one of the things that makes me so passionate about educating parents so they can work with their teens on overcoming all of the risks.”

Dothage said the program has reached more than 2,800 people since 2016, and she plans to keep that number growing.

“My goal is to get us in every single public school, faith-based school, home school group, mini business,” Dothage said. “I see a never ending program."

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