Teens participate in free driving safety event in Grand Forks
For Immediate Release: Jul 13 2023
Grand Forks, ND – The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) hosted a free, one-day safety event Tuesday for more than 80 drivers ages 14-18 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
Vision Zero Driving Skills for Success gave teens the opportunity to drive through a closed course with various types of distractions, view the consequences of not wearing a seat belt through the rollover simulator and experience simulators that focused on impaired driving prevention. Each scenario allowed the driver to feel or witness the real-life effect their choices can have in a controlled environment.
Other important stations included teaching teens how to parallel park and what to do if their vehicle gets a flat tire through a car care clinic. In addition to these interactive stations, drivers also had the opportunity to participate in the North Dakota Safety Council’s (NDSC) Alive at 25 defensive driving course.
In 2021 in North Dakota, teen drivers accounted for 5.5% of all licensed drivers but were behind the wheel in nearly 21% of all crashes. Teen drivers in North Dakota were involved in 19% of fatal crashes for the same period.
Because of these statistics, it is important to continually educate teen drivers and provide them with opportunities to enhance their driving skills to move toward the goal of Vision Zero: eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roadways.
This safety event was in partnership with the NDDOT, NDSC, Rydell Chevrolet, UND Police Department, Grand Forks Police Department, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol, ABATE of North Dakota, Vision Zero Outreach Coordinators, AAA – The Auto Club Group, NDDOT – Grand Forks District, ND Motor Carriers Association, Strata Corporation, Elite Steering Driving School and Safe Kids Grand Forks.
For more information on the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, visit VisionZero.ND.gov.