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LMHS co-hosts Young Driver Safety Program on July 28

By Staff | Jul 20, 2009

Lee Memorial Emergency/Trauma Services, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, and the Stay Alive, Just Drive campaign are hosting a program for young drivers between the ages of 15 and 21.

The class will be held on Tuesday, July 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Volunteer Conference Room at Lee Memorial Hospital, located at 2776 Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. Admission is free to young drivers and their parents.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons aged 15 to 24, and the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16 to 19 year olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash.

The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers: the risk increases with the number of teen passengers. Crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive.

The Young Driver Safety Program is designed to illustrate driving responsibility and outcomes of intentional acts of irresponsible driving. The program will educate young drivers on different legal issues involved with driving and also how to stay focused on driving and the responsibilities that go along with the driving privilege. This program is not a substitute for Drivers Education, but a supplement to the Drivers Education course.

To register for the program, contact Syndi Bultman at 239-336-6797.