The New and Young Driver Road Ready program is set to officially launch this fall, thanks in part to a $17,000 grant from Alberta Transportation.
The program aims to put an end to distracted and impaired driving.
Last week, Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities put the program through a trial run with newcomers to Grande Prairie, through the city’s Cultural Integration Academy.
“They seemed to really enjoy the program, as well, they asked some really great questions at the end,” said Carla Boyne, Executive Director at Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities. “They [said] they’ve learned more about the medical consequences as well as the legal consequences if they made different choices in their lives. And how that can affect not just themselves, but anyone else in the community.”
Boyne adds the program targets Grade 11 and 12 students.
“Those ones that are new on the road, as this is sort of an extension and reminder regarding the P.A.R.T.Y. Program that’s offered by Alberta Health Services. [It’s] a really great program, and we wanted to focus more on filling a different gap with grade 11’s and grade 12’s that are just getting on the roads.”
This coming school year the program will be offered as a school field trip option.