Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition (BVIPC) is a grant program at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation. Reality Education for Drivers (RED) is a program aimed at teens to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. The RED program’s goal is to provide young, risk-taking drivers who have exhibited unsafe behavior involving alcohol and other drugs, speeding and/or distracted driving with fact based information they can use to make more responsible behavior decisions on the road by encouraging them to drive sober, safe, and attentive. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 25-year-olds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this age group continuously has the highest fatality and injury rates. Teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes than any other drivers on the road.
The program takes place at CHI St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan, Texas. The program will last approximately five hours, it is designed for teen drivers 15-20 and requires their parent(s) and/or legal guardian to attend with them if age 18 or under. The program is available for participants up to the age of 25 when court ordered. Teens and parents are expected to meet dress code qualifications that require them to attend in business type attire with clean grooming and no visible tattoos, as well as conduct themselves in a professional manner while on the premises.
Possible activities at the hospital could include:
- A visit to the Emergency Department, hospital staff will discuss emergency medical procedures with participants.
- In the intensive care unit (ICU), nurses discuss the care given to motor vehicle crash victims. The participants tour the ICU and often witness crash victims in recovery.
- A social worker explains how brothers, sisters, parents and other family members are affected when teenagers are injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes.
- Teens visit the morgue.
- A local judge explains the legal consequences of risky behavior while driving.
To register and attend:
You must register to attend, your completed paperwork is due no later than 48 hours before the class you are attending. Please email Cindy Kovar at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. This class is free to attend, and while it is an option for some individuals as community service the class is available for anyone wanting to learn how to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. Please note that 15-17 year old attendees must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, individuals 18 years and older may attend with or without a parent or guardian.