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The health and well-being of our Young Traffic Offenders Program (YTOP) class attendees is important to us as we closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The YTOP classes scheduled for April 3 and April 24 are cancelled. Sentencing courts have been notified. If you were scheduled to attend one of these classes, please call 816-276-4900 to reschedule. All rescheduling must be done via phone. If you are scheduled for a later class, please monitor our website for updates. Any developments or changes will be shared as soon as they are available.

The Young Traffic Offenders Program (YTOP) aims to change the lives and driving habits of young drivers by encouraging them to confront the consequences of distracted driving.

Participants begin the class by following the path of a car crash victim at a trauma center. Hospital staff share their experiences with crash victims during visits to the emergency room, radiology, intensive care and physical therapy. In the afternoon, students meet young people who have suffered from permanent brain or spinal cord injuries as a result of a motor vehicle crash. The class ends as troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol talk about working crash sites and making death notifications to families. At the end of the program, attendees are required to write a one-page essay describing what they learned and how their driving habits will change. Those who attend the full six-hour program will be provided a certificate upon the completion of class. 

YTOP offers municipal court judges a way to deter young people from speeding, drunk driving and other related offenses. Young drivers ages 15-26 convicted of driving offenses are often sentenced to attend YTOP. Many attorneys also recommend that their clients with driving offenses take this class prior to their court appearance.


The $70 YTOP registration fee will appear on your credit card statement as a charge from The Research Foundation.

April 3, 2020 Research Medical Center CANCELLED
April 24, 2020 Centerpoint Medical Center CANCELLED
May 1, 2020 Research Medical Center Registration full
May 15, 2020 Centerpoint Medical Center Registration full
June 5, 2020 Research Medical Center Registration full
June 12, 2020 Research Medical Center Register

Send us an email or call 816-276-4900 for more information.