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YOUNG TRAFFIC OFFENDERS PROGRAM

Young Traffic Offenders Program (YTOP) is a hospital-based program with several contributing health workers. To keep those health care workers and our YTOP attendees safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, registration for YTOP classes has been suspended. Sentencing courts have been notified. Attendees previously scheduled to attend will be notified when rescheduling resumes. Please refer to our website for updates. Any development or changes will be shared as soon as they are available. If you need additional information, please contact Charlotte at 816-276-4900 or email charlotte@theresearchfoundationkc.org.


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.


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