Checkpoints Parent-Teen Driving Education Program

Date of Completion: 
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 08:00
Your School: 
Summit High School
Tell us about how students prepared for this activity? Students who had driven less than one year independently were required by the Williamson County School district to complete the one hour program with at least one parent. The incentive for completion was the ability to purchase an on-campus parking permit. School Principal, Sarah Lamb, was trained to present the program by the Tennessee Department of Health and she has also served as a point person assisting other Williamson County Schools. How were students involved and impacted? Three hundred forty three students were trained along with one parents. They received information about teen driving risks such as: driving with passengers, driving at night, driving in poor weather conditions, and driving at high speeds on unfamiliar roads. Information regarding the importance of seat belt use, eliminating driving distractions, and a no alcohol use message were also covered. At the end of the program, parents and teens completed a one-year parent-teen driving agreement to limit these risks. What were the best components about this activity? Preliminary data from Summit High School Checkpoints participants indicated that as a result of the program. there was a significant difference in the number of parents and teens who strongly agreed with the following statements: "I feel very knowledgeable about the risks of teen driving" (32.8% increase - 71.01% pretest, 94.33% posttest)" "I feel like i fully understand Tennessee GDL requirements" (53.8% increase - 58.05% pretest, 90.21% posttest) "Teens must never play around with passengers, talk on a cell phone, mess with the radio, or do anything else distracting" ( 18.3% increase - 81.93% pretest, 96.89% posttest. Finally, "I feel prepared to work with my family members to better manage teen driving risks" (21.6% increase - 77.97% pretest, 94.82% posttest) The Checkpoints program preliminary data was shared at the CityMatch National Conference and three other states are considering implementation of the Tennessee Checkpoints program.
Organizations Involved: 
List Other: 
Tennessee Department of Health
Overall participation: 
624 participants completed posttests for the program.
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