Young Traffic Offenders Program (YTOP) is a hospital-based program with several contributing health care professionals. To keep those health care professionals and our YTOP attendees safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, registration is limited. To attend a class, online registration is available below. Email email@example.com or call 816-276-4900 for additional information.
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 in the emergency room, radiology, intensive care and physical therapy. 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 the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers 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 four-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 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.
What attendees are saying
"Life is fragile, it can be changed in a blink of an eye or even a text message. Before attending YTOP, I was caught going 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. I was lucky I didn’t get arrested and I am more lucky I didn’t hurt anyone. After attending YTOP, I was on an emotional roller coaster. One question that will stick with me is, 'would you want to be the person who dies in an accident or the cause of someone's death?’"
""Today, a lot clicked. I took driving seriously before but now I feel like a have a new view. I didn’t realize how big even slightly distracted driving made an impact. Seeing how much a life could change in just two seconds was very eye opening. I don’t ever want to be that ‘accidental murderer.' I feel that without this class I wouldn’t have made any change, but now it’s different. "
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