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Weld County offers free class for parents of teens learning to drive

Kelly Ragan

Weld County will offer a free one-hour class, called "DRIVE SMART" for parents who have teens learning to drive, according to a news release.

On Nov. 8, law enforcement, insurance and public health representatives will explain the laws governing teen drivers and the state's graduated driver's license, according to the release. The class will include tips about insurance coverage for new drivers, guidelines for parents to set limits for their teen drivers, information on driver's education scholarship opportunities and a chance to ask questions.

The class will take place 6-7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Anshor Driving School, 2030 35th Ave., Suite A.

The class is intended for parents of teens ages 14-16, according to the release, but the information will be useful to everyone who has a soon-to-be or new driver. Teens are encouraged to attend with their parents.

Every family who attends will receive a manual entitled, "Teaching Your Teen to Drive." Refreshments will be provided.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens due to lack of driving experience, according to the release. One out of every five licensed 16-year-olds will be in a motor vehicle crash.

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Colorado has implemented the Graduated Driver Licensing law to decrease this risk by introducing teenagers to driving in phases. This class will explain those phases and suggest tips for keeping teens safe when they are in the driver's seat.

For more information or to register, call Kelly Campbell at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment at (970) 400-2325 or go to http://www.drivesmartweldcounty.org.