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Teen Driving

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Prevention and referral-based sessions

SCV Restorative Justice specializes in addressing teen driving. We work preventatively to address teen driving in conjunction with other community efforts. SCV Restorative Justice partners with local high schools to offer a speaker as a part of Mock Crashes, and we offer group-dialogue sessions. SCV Restorative Justice provides prevention, education and awareness to prevent car crashes and divert risky behavior on the road.

0 2,623 teen deaths (13-19) from car crashes, 2014.
Teen traffic deaths are decreasing but still significant. For decades prior to 2006, there were more than 5,000 teen deaths per year.
0 SCV Restorative Justice serves over 100 local teens each year.
Around 100 teens participate in a group-dialogue sssion as a part of Driver′s Education or a court referral. Mor eyouth learn about driving and risky behaviors in our other sessions, or hear from speakers at a local Mock Crash.

Get the facts. Learn more from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

All car crashes are ultimately preventable. While accidents do happen, SCV Restorative Justice is committed to improving public safety by reducing the number and the severity of crashes by improving driving behaviors. Restorative Justice promotes accountability on the road as a driver, as well as making educated decisions as a passenger.

Each teen can make a difference by reducing risky behavior. Individuals are asked to plan ahead before getting on the road. As a driver or a passenger, we can buckle up and increase attentiveness and reaction times.

Group dialogue sessions and speaking engagements are a piece of broader community efforts to prevent car crashes and teen traffic fatalities. Using a whole-community approach with prevention and intervention services, communities in the St. Croix Valley can collectively make a difference.

Prevention efforts by SCV Restorative Justice focuses on awareness and education. We use a blend of efforts including speakers and interaction with teens, and our services are used in partnership with other community agencies and local schools.

Our speakers share their personal experience in a structured framework. Restorative Justice sessions are not lectures; instead, they focus on accountability for past actions and positive behavior change. In Traffic Violation sessions, there are both verbal and written components. Teens and young adults are asked what they will do differently in the future, and sessions can lay the foundation for engagement in other community efforts. Sessions are offered both as a prevention service with drivers education students and as a brief intervention for minor traffic citations in partnership with courts.

SCV Restorative Justice is open to working with new community groups and schools. If you are interested in partnering with us or learning more about what we can offer, please contact our director or call 715-425-1100.

The focus of community initiatives to prevent teen traffic fatalities has made a visible impact. With prevention services and using intervention points such as traffic citations as an educational opportunity, the national figures evidence a slow decline in overall traffic fatalities. SCV Restorative Justice has been specifically addressing teen driving since 2007.

Car crashes are preventable. Each choice falls on the spectrum from safe to risky, and there are multiple choices that we make that directly relate to how prepared and attentive we are while driving. Each risky choice that we make heightens the potential of a car crash where you or someone else may be injured or killed.

Each speaker has a different, personal story to tell, and each group is impacted differently by what they hear. Groups frequently touch on multiple subjects, including but not limited to:

Seatbelt use • Distracted driving (Visual, Manual & Cognitive)
Impaired driving • Alcohol
Prescription medications • Controlled substances
Passenger safety and restrictions • Night driving
Speeding • Anger and road rage
Motorcycle safety • Pedestrian and bicycle safety
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