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Free advanced-driver training for teens offered in Colorado Springs

June 12, 2017 Updated: June 12, 2017 at 4:20 pm
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A free driver-training program on critical factors that influence teen crashes will be held June 24-25 at The Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd.

Two sessions will be provided each day: from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Interested teens and their parents can sign up at www.drivingskillsforlife.com/events-cat/events/state/CO.

The Ford Driving Skills for Life Program includes training on vehicle handling, hazard recognition, speed and space management, and distracted and impaired driving.

A key part of instruction focuses on newly licensed drivers making better driving decisions.

Participants also will be able to wear two special suits; the Drunken Driving Suit, which was introduced in 2013, and the Drugged Driving Suit, which originated in 2016.

Newly licensed drivers or teens who hold a valid learner's permit can participate. Parents also are encouraged to participate with their teens because of their significant role in shaping their children's driving habits.

The program was created in 2003, in conjunction with the Governors' Highway Safety Association, to provide teens with the skills and experience they need to become safer drivers.

It's being held in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Nationwide, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers.

Despite a 56 percent decline in teen deaths from 2005-2014, teen drivers are still 1.6 times more likely to be in a fatal crash than adults aged 35 to 40.

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