Safe driving is a community responsibility and the Safe Driver Program allows participants to engage in exercises that illustrate the financial, personal and emotional impact of unsafe driving on the driver, their family, and on others who have been harmed by or lost a loved one during a crash. Consistent with best practices and informed by restorative justice principles, the Safe Driver program requires that the voice the victims of unsafe driving are brought into the program. Through activities, discussion and participation the program participants are given an opportunity to understand the profound community consequences of unsafe driving. Throughout the two-day course, the curriculum reinforces the accountability of the individual while also exploring avenues for gratitude and to make amends to those harmed.
The course also requires participants to develop a safe driving plan that will be reviewed with peers as a component for program completion. The program reinforces the belief that driving is a privilege and not an automatic right and as such should be undertaken only when the driver can function at his or her best by reinforcing good decision-making processes and exploring motivations for behavior change.
What you can expect from class: To be prepared to return to driving with new attention on your responsibility to not cause harm to yourself or others. You will have a thought out safe driving plan in place so that you can prevent former obstacles from preventing your goal to not drive impaired or distracted.
How to enroll:
Contact your local Community Justice Center. (See list of Centers on home page)
The Safe Driver program receives support from the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program, thank you!