First Impact program aims to reduce crashes among new drivers

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First Impact will be hosting a traffic safety session for parents at Palmyra High School.

The program will start at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The goal of First Impact is to reduce new driver crashes, resulting injuries and death, by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri’s Graduated Driver License Law.

“Our biggest thing out there is to try and maintain safety on the roadway, we want every kid to go to school and get home safely everyday,” Palmyra R-1 School Resource Officer Patrick Anderson said.

Objectives of the program are to increase awareness of teen driving risks, GDL monitoring and enforcement at home and the Importance of parents being a positive role model. MoDOT also partners with First Impact to promote safety initiatives.

“They are role models, they’re good examples for our kids they are the first teachers of the kids who will be driving so they need to set good examples,”  MoDOT Northeast Coalition For Roadway Safety Facilitator Marisa Ellison said.

The session 90 minute evidence-based traffic program features a video and discussion and parents will hear from law enforcement. Tools will also be provided for parents to monitor, coach and support their new teen driver.

It is free to attend the program and open to the public but parents are asked to register online.

For the link to register click here.

Drew Brown

Drew Brown

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