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Drive Smart Weld County expanding safety programs

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WELD COUNTY — Drive Smart Weld County announced Monday, June 16, they received a $25,000 grant from State Farm for their Teen Driving Program.

Drive Smart Weld County also announced the addition of a new virtual driving simulator made possible through the State Farm grant.  The simulator gives students and adults a first-hand account of the real life consequences of distracted and impaired driving.

The simulator will be used at Weld County high schools during the Teen Driving Program, Aims Community College and University of Northern Colorado presentations, traffic and safety community events, and special training programs by law enforcement.

State Farm is also providing funding for the Parent and Teen Driver Classes (PTD).  There, parents and teens get the answers they need about the State of Colorado Graduated Driver’s License Laws through the assistance of law enforcement. 

“I’ve learned so much recently about the programs offered by Drive Smart Weld County,” said Greeley State Farm Agent Melissa McDonald.  “I was really impressed with the PTD classes that teach parents about setting expectations, boundaries and outlining positive consequences for making safe driving choices.”

The grant also provides funding for a new 2014-15 school year teen driving challenge for Weld County high schools students with the financial backing of Drive Smart. The students take ownership of a program they create and engage their student body in the challenge.  A key component of their success includes school engagement by becoming involved in clubs such as Student Council, FFA, HOSA, National Honor Society and Key Club.

More information on Drive Smart Weld County can be found at www.drivesmartweldcounty.com.