Free event! Thursday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Elko New Market Library Community Room

When teens die in a crash, their community is devastated. Family, friends and classmates struggle to reconcile the harsh realities of life. More than an occasional tragedy – traffic crashes are the second leading cause of teen deaths in Minnesota behind suicide.

Elko New Market has been fortunate none of its teen residents have been killed in a crash. With the spring season upon us, the Elko New Market Police Department and the Elko New Market Chamber of Commerce hope to maintain this safety record by hosting the 5th annual Point of Impact Teen Driving Program. The program will equip teens – and parents – with safe driving principles just as teens become more active with the warmer weather, driving to social events, prom and graduation parties.

Point of Impact was developed by Gordy Pehrson with the Office of Traffic Safety as part of the “Toward Zero Deaths” initiative. Pehrson will join Elko New Market Police Chief Steve Mortenson in the presentation and lead an interactive demonstration illustrating how simple tasks become unmanageable under the guise of multitasking.

“This program teaches the parents as much as it does the kids,” Mortenson said. “Parents learn it’s their responsibility to set and enforce the rules, even to the point of officially revoking their kids’ license, if needed,” referring to the state’s Teen License Parent Withdrawal Form. Parents and their teens will complete and sign the Driving Contract Between Parent and Teen.

Mortenson shared a lesson for parents: “Parents set the example. Even kids as young as two and three notice every time a parent does or does not put on their seatbelt. They will follow that example when they begin driving.” Teens have the lowest use of seatbelts of any age group.

If you’re the parent of a soon-to-be teen driver or a teen who recently began driving, you will want to attend this program. Pizza and beverages will be provided at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation starting at 6:45 p.m. The program is FREE but registration is requested by April 4 for food-planning purposes. (REGISTER NOW)

As an added incentive, two lucky winners will receive a free session at the Street Survival School, where they can learn:

  • to control their car in unpredictable situations based on its handling limits
  • the application of driving physics using their car
  • how to make good driving decisions and react more quickly
  • to anticipate the actions of other drivers

For more information, call City Hall at 952.461.2777. Download the event flyer to share with friends!

Thanks to our sponsors: Automotive Enginuity, Bodywerks Auto Body Repair, Farmers Insurance – Tim Sadusky Agency and Marek’s Towing & Repair

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Marek’s Towing & Repair