The North Dakota Department of
Transportation (NDDOT) is seeking teen drivers with a permit or license between
the ages of 14-18 to attend a FREE, one-day Ford
Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) safety event in Bismarck on
Saturday, May 12 at the Bismarck Event Center. There will be two sessions
available, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Each session is limited
to 50 teens. The Alive at 25 course will also be available for those teens who
are interested. Alive at 25 is an interactive classroom that is designed to
reduce the likelihood of young drivers ending up in a motor vehicle crash.
The Ford DSFL program is one of the
nation’s most comprehensive teen driver safety programs and allows participants
to get involved in a variety of traffic safety activities. Teens will have the
opportunity to drive through a challenging course with various obstacles,
witness how a vehicle can disappear in a truck’s blind spots, and experience
simulators that focus on impaired driving, distracted driving and the
importance of wearing your seat belt.
Vehicle crashes are the leading
cause of death for people ages 15-24 in the United States. In 2017 in North
Dakota, one teen driver crash occurred every three hours. Because of these
statistics, it is important to continually educate teen drivers and provide
them with opportunities to enhance their driving skills to move toward the goal
of zero fatalities and serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes in North
Dakota through the Vision Zero initiative.
To be a part of this exclusive
and exciting opportunity, visit the NDDOT website at www.dot.nd.gov/dsfl.htm. The
deadline to register for this traffic safety event is May 4. To confirm your
registration, you will receive an email from the NDDOT prior to the event.
Parents are highly encouraged to attend.