MAK­ING WAVES

Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

RSWLiving - - Departments - BY KLAUDIA BALOGH

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.

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