Rule the Road coming to Boone County

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Your teen is finally in the driver’s seat! While getting a driver’s license is an important milestone, many parents are left wondering iftheir teen is really ready to take to the road. Research has shown motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds. This year, nearly 4 million new teen drivers will be licensed in the U.S. Half of them will be involved in a crash before they turn 20.

Safe driving skills are learned over time, and the more practice you get, the better driver you’ll become. Specifically targeted toward teens ages 15 to 18 who are about to, or have recently received their driver’s license, Rule the Road gives teens the unique opportunity to learn and practice skills they need to keep them safe behind the wheel.

Sponsored by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and Indiana Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Rule the Road teen driving event will be Saturday at the Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville. This daylong event is free and preregistration is required.

Teens can expect to learn and practice hazard recognition, vehicle speed and space management skills on a closed course with certified emergency vehicle operator instructors. Rule the Road will also reinforce the importance of wearing a seatbelt and not driving impaired or distracted.

Eligible participants must have at least a learner’s permit issued by March 31. For more information, please visit www.in.gov/ruletheroad or contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

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