Burnaby, British Columbia – A new series of workshops in British Columbia will help parents of young drivers learn to take an active role in their driving education.

Presented by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BTCAA) Traffic Safety Foundation, the In the Driver’s Seat workshops are intended for parents, grandparents and caregivers of teen drivers. They are designed to help families understand the risks and manage the process of their teenager’s driving education.

The foundation said that car crashes involving young drivers can be reduced by up to one-third when parents are actively involved in the education process. Car crashes are the number-one cause of death and serious injury among drivers aged 16 to 20 in B.C. Teenagers represent only 6.5 per cent of the driving population, but account for 13.4 per cent of those involved in car crashes.

The upcoming workshops include:

Chamainus – March 4, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Chemanius Secondary Multi-Purpose Hall, 9947 Daniel Street
To register, call 250-246-4711 or email Wendy at wpalou@shaw.ca

Coquitlam – March 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Coquitlam SD Winslow Centre, Gallery Room, 1100 Winslow Avenue
To register, email Coquitlam DPAC at dpac43@telus.net

Richmond – March 11, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Steveston-London Secondary Library, 6600 Williams Road
To register, call 604-270-0888 or email Sue at eders@telus.net

Victoria – March 16, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Belmont Secondary School Library, 3067 Jackson Road
To register, call 250-478-5501 x 301, or email Sylvia at scarlson@sd62.bc.ca

Vancouver – March 23, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Magee Secondary, 6360 Maple Street
For information, call 604-713-8200

Cowichan – March 31, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cowichan Secondary, 2652 James Street
To register, call 250-746-4435 or email Ann at abatchelar@yahoo.com

100 Mile House – March 31, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Peter Skene Ogden Secondary, 200 Seventh Street
To register, call Lisa Posnikoff at 250-397-2419 or email her at lisap1@telus.net

For more information on the workshops, visit TeenDrivers.

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