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Officials launch program to help teens become safe drivers

Man teaches teen how to drive. (File Photo) Man teaches teen how to drive. (File Photo)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, joined the commissioner of the Office of Motor Vehicles to launch a new program Wednesday morning to target teen driving.

"Going to a driver education program, while that's a requirement, too, you're often in there with two or three others and an instructor," said Stephen Campbell, commissioner of the Office of Motor Vehicles. "It's not as directed at that particular student as it is with a parent sitting there."

The "Parent's Supervised Driving" program aims to prevent car crashes among teen drivers. It features education and awareness material to help parents assist their teens in becoming safe and responsible drivers.

"Too often, parents are saying things like, 'I ride back and forth from the grocery store or back and forth from school with them and that's about it.' Well, this is going to provide specific tips on what other things you should be doing with that young driver," Campbell added.

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