Tucson Police Foundation Receives Grant for Teen Driving Program

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The Tucson Police Foundation has been awarded more than $5,000 from State Farm for a program designed to help teenagers become safer drivers.

Representatives from State Farm were to deliver the $5,166 grant in a special presentation Saturday morning, said Naomi Johnson, a State Farm spokeswoman.

The four-hour Safe Teen Accident Reduction Training classes are taught on a closed course by Tucson Police Department professional driving instructors and are offered at no cost, but with a $50 suggested donation to the department.

The classes cover off-road recovery, evasive steering, skid recovery, controlled braking, ABS braking familiarization and distracted driving, Johnson said.

“S.T.A.R.T. is a great program that helps to keep young kids alive behind the wheel by teaching them how to react properly to realistic situations that will arise at some point on our roads,” said State Farm agent Charlie P. Riesgo.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S., with seven teens between the ages of 16 and 19 dying each day.

Registration information and a schedule of classes can be found at www.tucsonpolicefoundation.org or by calling the Tucson Police Foundation at 207-2878.

This article originally appeared on tucson.com

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