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A TOT Demo

Schedule A Free Spring 2015 Turn Off Texting Golf Cart Demo!

The Youth Safety Council of Vermont’s Turn Off Texting demonstration raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving by putting Vermont students behind the wheel of a golf cart to navigate a course of cones while texting. It’s a unique, memorable and effective experience for participants, and the demonstration is provided free of charge to statewide driver educators and community groups through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the support of our program sponsor, AT&T, with additional support from the Vermont Association of Domestic Property & Casualty Insurance Companies. See photos of a TOT demo at http://bit.ly/1yg8W8l

Please feel welcome to schedule a demonstration at your school by visiting https://www.yscvt.org/?page_id=102 Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and are being scheduled through the spring, 2015 semester.

Toyota Teen Driver Top 10 Finalist

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Parents Who Drive Bad Anonymous

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YSCVT Intern Ryan Russell Wraps Up Semester

Ryan Russell

The Youth Safety Council of Vermont will be wishing a fond farewell this week to Ryan Russell, our extraordinary Champlain College intern. Ryan has been a heavy-lifter this semester, helping us with the work of managing our Turn Off Texting program and analyzing its data, compiling an inventory of model safety programs for us to reference as we improve our own projects, and participating in our meetings, small and large, in Burlington and Montpelier. Ryan will be missed, and we all wish him success in his college experience and career!

The Youth Safety Council Celebrates National Teen Driver Safety Week 10/19-25

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The Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program, in conjunction with the National Highway Safety Administration, cordially reminds Vermonters that National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 19-25, 2014.  National Teen Driver Safety Week was enacted by Congress in 2007 to raise awareness in teens and parents about one of the most dangerous things they will do; drive a vehicle.  Crashes are the United State’s leading killer of youths 16 – 19 years old.

Parents: As a parent you should be the driver you want your teen to be.  Buckle your seat belt and respect the act of driving.  Know that a teenagers first car is more than a financial decision.  Teens are more likely to sit behind the wheel of a used vehicle, and also more likely to take risks.  Bigger vehicles offer more protection but avoid higher horsepower.  More powerful engines mean more powerful risks.

Teens: Drive AND ride like a friend.  Buckle up and respect the privilege of driving.  Agree with your parents on limits of when you drive, particularly in high risk situations like prom night, social outings and inclement weather. Form a plan and have clear understandings of where you are driving, who you are with, what route you are taking and confirm check in times with your parents.  Establish back-up plans.  If you make a mistake or you end up in an unplanned situation, make sure you have a responsible adult you can call.

Helpful Links:

1. Parent Supervised Driving Guide from Vt. Dept. of Motor Vehicles:


2. NHTSA’s Safe Car: No Cell Phones, No Passengers, No Speeding, No Alcohol, Always Buckle Up:


3. Vermont State Police Teen Driver Agreement:


4. Teen to Teen Driver Campaign:


This information was provided by Maj. John Filipek, (Ret.), Vermont State Police Law Enforcement Liaison. Contact John at (802) 324-6240 or John.Filipek@state.vt.us

The video above was by http://www.teensgettheresafe.com/

TOT in Fairfield

Fairfield TOT Triumph!

Students in Melissa Manson’s after school driver education class relax after their Turn Of Texting experience in Fairfield Vermont.

YSCVT on NECN & WPTZ News Channel 5

Thank you, reporter Jack Thurston of New England Cable News / WPTZ News Channel 5! The transcript of this video can be found at http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Vt-Ban-on-Handheld-Devices-Takes-Effect-277810961.html

Burlington Free Press Article

Thank You, Burlington Free Press!

Thank you, staff writer Elizabeth Murray and Burlington Free Press for your kind article about the YSCVT Turn Off Texting program today! Find the story here.