Checkpoints Parent-Teen Driving Agreement Program

Checkpoints Program Young Driver Parenting Agreement

The Checkpoints Program is a face-to-face, one hour education program, with a parent and a first-year teen driver, that includes media, teen driving risk and specific techniques to reduce injury and fatality that is due to risky driving. At the conclusion of the program, parents and teens will create a "Checkpoints" teen driving agreement to reduce high-risk teen driving behaviors. Schools will provide incentives, such as on-campus parking permits, for those students who are about to begin driving independently (Ex: Students who have received a driving permit, but have not yet begun driving without adults). Once parents and teens complete the Checkpoints driving agreement, then the school incentive will be provided.

The Checkpoints Program was developed by Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The program was adapted for use in Tennessee by the Department of Health, Division of Family Health and Wellness/Injury and Violence Prevention. The Checkpoints program has proven effective in reducing risk-taking behaviors such as speeding, tailgating and unsafe lane changes (Simons-Mortonet al. 2006; Zakrajsek et al. 2013). If you have questions, please contact Terrence Love at terrence.love@tn.gov.