A teen facilitated driver’s safety program, which is presented bi- monthly, in partnership with the Juvenile Court and the Ohio Highway Patrol. Currently we have 14 trained presenters, which have presented the program to 102 teen traffic offenders in 2015. Statistics from 2014 and 2015 show a decrease of 7% in enforcement stops and a 4% decrease in the crashes that occurred in Gallia County involving teen drivers ages 15-20. Teens completing the program survey showed 90% of the teens changed their driving habits to become safer drivers.
CARTEENS is a great program for teens to become involved in! As a peer mentor for safe driving, teens can earn leadership hours, and community service hours and build leadership and teaching skills! The CARTEEN program meets five times per year and presents a 90-minute hands-on interactive driver’s safety program to other teens that have had a traffic violation. Becoming a CARTEEN facilitator looks great on scholarship applications, college applications, and job resumes! Past presenters have won local and state 4-H scholarships as well as local teen leadership awards. In addition to looking good for other scholarship application opportunities, our local CARTEEN program presents one $500 scholarship to a graduating senior CARTEEN facilitator each year in March. To be eligible for the scholarship you must serve as an ACTIVE member of CARTEEN for at least two years including your senior year. All facilitators must be at least 14 years old as of Jan. 1 of the current year. To participate please contact Erin Dailey at the Extension office at 740-688-5026 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.