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The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County is partnering with the UPS Foundation to shift teens into safer driving habits. The free UPS Road Code program is taught by United Parcel Service volunteer instructors in four sessions of classroom-based training and driving simulators. Teen road mishaps are common, with some 10 percent of fatalities (age 15 to 19) caused by phone and texting distractions, among other issues, according to federal data. Lack of experience is one cause for such mishaps. UPS Foundation believes that with education and awareness, teens can become safer drivers, says Megan McCarthy, vice president of operations for Collier-based UPS Foundation. The group’s aim is more than 100 teens cycling through the program by Dec. 31. “The partnership,” she says, “is a natural one, with the end goal of better educated drivers on our streets, knowledgeable of safe driving techniques and the dangers surrounding distracted driving.”
Boys & Girls Club of America shared a grant to help fund UPS Road Code.