Montana Traffic Education News - September 2017
MAKE PLANS FOR MONTANA TEEN DRIVER SAFETY DAY! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017
Montana Teen Driver Safety Day is the third Tuesday in October during National Teen Driver Safety Week. Proclaimed by the Montana State Legislature in 2009 at the urging of students from Belt High School, its mission is to bring Montana teens, community leaders, educators, and parents together to prevent young driver crashes, the leading cause of death for teens. Get a jump start on planning an event for your school. TeenDriverSource.org has excellent resources as well as a list of activities that took place in 2016 for National Teen Driver Safety Week (Montana's BuckleUpBlue4Lauryn campaign is included). We will send updates leading up to Montana's celebration of Teen Driver Safety.
VISION ZERO TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANTS - Application deadline November 1, 2017
Grants up to $1,750 are available through FCCLA and applications are due November 1. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), Ford Driving Skills, and Montana Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are partnering together to promote traffic safety by awarding grants to chapters who plan and carry out projects that help them and their peers make informed, responsible driving decisions.
NEW OPI WEBSITE - NEW WEB ADDRESS FOR DRIVER EDUCATION
The Office of Public Instruction launched a new website on August 30 with improved navigation, searching, and viewing on mobile devices. The OPI web address is still http://opi.mt.gov, but you'll need to find the Driver Education pages under the heading: Families & Students. Please bookmark the new Driver Education main page, where you will also find the TEDRS login link. Driver Ed pages include Traffic Education Programs, Driver Educators, Teen Driver Curriculum, Adapted Illustrated Montana Driver Manual, Forms and Reports, and up-to-date resources for parents/teens, teachers, and the public. Montana DRIVE pages will be updated before registration begins in 2018. Visit the new site and let us know what you think.
We are here to help! Visit the Driver Education web pages. Contact the Traffic Education Office at 406.444.4432 or email Fran Penner-Ray, Traffic Education Director, or Patti Borneman, Traffic Education Program Specialist.