Making Kansas City's young drivers safe drivers.
RoadWise is a free program for young drivers 14-18, emphasizing the importance of wearing a seat belt and making good, safe decisions behind the wheel.
Attendees begin the class by learning about the path of a car crash victim at a trauma center. Hospital staff share experiences they have had with crash victims in the emergency room, radiology, intensive care, and physical therapy. Students meet individuals who have suffered from permanent brain or spinal cord injuries because of a motor vehicle crash. The class ends with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers talking about crash sites and making death notifications to families.
- Teens are 10 times more likely to be in a fatal car accident than adults.
- Texting behind the wheel makes you 20 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a non-distracted driver.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among teenagers in the US.
- Most of the fatal teen car accidents occur six months after obtaining the license.
- Despite drunk driving and texting being regarded as main distractions and accident causes for drivers of all ages, being distracted by passengers is a major factor in fatal teen crashes.
Statistics collected from Missouri Department of Transportation and Kansas Department of Transportation
What parents are saying about RoadWise:
"Our son was captivated by this. He had so much to say after the class. He said the main take away was 'when you're driving that is your one and only responsibility.' As parents we say wear your seat belt and stay off your phone, but I think this class helped him realize why we say it."
"Our daughter enjoyed the class and it made her think twice about things. Before the class she didn't always like to wear a seat belt, but now she will wear it every time. She said her favorite part was listening to the personal stories and real life examples of what can happen."
Click the "Register" button below to sign up for RoadWise.
Date: June 30, 2023
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Research Medical Center