A statewide educational program will inform the public on driving safety next week.

First Impact is hosting a traffic safety program Thursday, August 16. The program will be at the Waynesville High School from 6-7:30 p.m. The program will be a 90-minute educational program for parents, new teen drivers and soon-to-be drivers. According to the First Impact Traffic Program at Waynesville High School’s Facebook page, “the goal of First Impact is to reduce new driver crashes, resulting injuries and fatalities, by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law.”

According to their Facebook page, “Objectives of the program are to increase: awareness of teen driving risks, understanding of Missouri’s GDL law, GDL monitoring and enforcement at home and importance of being a positive role model.”

“First Impact provides the tools parents need to monitor, coach and support their new teen driver,” their Facebook page says. “First Impact features a video and discussion to promote the importance of parents and teens working together to reduce teen crashes, injuries and fatalities.”

Trained GDL coaches will deliver the program. These leaders will present key facts and proven strategies to help parents lower their teens’ crash risk.

The statewide program is free of charge.