The Partners for Safe Teen Driving program is now state law in Virginia’s Planning District 8, which includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park. The amendment to §22.1-205 requires parents/guardians and their student drivers to attend a 90-minute traffic safety program as part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. This program requirement must be met before a student receives a Driver Education Certificate of Completion card (DEC-1 card).
School divisions in District 8 have seen a significant reduction in the number of car crashes involving teen drivers since the program was implemented. The Partners for Safe Teen Driving program, which serves as the model for the state, teaches parents about current state driving laws, discusses techniques for coaching teens, empowers parents to assist their students in managing the high risk driving environment in our community, and offers other essential safety information.