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Health Department Notes

Attention parents of new teen drivers There is a lot involved in managing teen driving, but using the Checkpoints Program can help! The goal of the Checkpoints program is to reduce teen crashes and violations received by teen drivers.

The Woodford County Health Department is working in partnership with the Woodford County Ambulance Service to offer the evidence-based Checkpoints Program to teen drivers (with a permit or intermediate license) and their parents. The purpose of the program is to help parents establish driving rules, consequences for non-compliance and jointly reach a parent-teen agreement. Checkpoints reviews risks teens face when first licensed and Kentucky Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) requirements.

New teen drivers are at risk for crashed when:

1. Driving during the first months without adult supervision

2. Driving at night

3. Driving with passengers

4. Driving on high speed roads

5. Driving in poor weather conditions

6. Driving on unfamiliar roads

Families who complete the Checkpoints Program experienced:

1. An increase in the understanding of teen driving risks

2. Establishing guidelines to reduce risk beyond the Graduated Driver License Law

3. Written agreements to reduce teen driving risk

4. A reduction in risky teen driving behaviors

The Checkpoints Program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Woodford County Health Department, 229 North Main Street. Please call 873-4541 to register or for more information.

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