Zero Fatalities Parent/Teen Nights

posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:54 AM by Steven Galley   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 10:44 AM ]
2017-18 Zero Fatalities Parent/Teen Nights

1st & 2nd Quarter:  Monday, October 9th
3rd & 4th Quarter:  Monday, March 19th
Summer Classes 2018:  TBA

Parents and Students,

In my opinion, Driver Education is one of the most important classes a student can take during their high school experience. The leading cause of teenage deaths in America is motor vehicle crashes. I believe the overwhelming majority of these crashes are preventable. It will take a united partnership between students, teachers, and parents to help eliminate these unnecessary crashes and deaths. 

The purpose of the Zero Fatalities Nights is to help our students and parents to successfully meet Standard 1 of the USOE Core Standards for Driver Education (see below). Research has clearly shown that when this happens, teenage drivers are more likely to exhibit safe driving behaviors.  In my 22 years of teaching Driver Education, the Zero Fatalities Night has been the most productive method for facilitating this discussion. The Zero Fatalities presenters are professional and passionate about saving lives.  The positive reviews from parents and the revealing feedback from students shows that this is a critical component of our Driver Education program. Thank you  for spending some of your valuable time to support your son or daughter and help him or her to begin a lifetime of safe, defensive driving. 

Please review the information below. This is discussed thoroughly in class, listed in the class disclosure, and sent home via email and flyer. Thanks again.

Steve Galley
R.H.S. Driver Education
  • This is a "cooperative" assignment between student/teacher/parents and is 10% of the student's classroom grade. At least one parent/guardian should attend. 
  • The goal is 1) for parents and students to learn about the GDL program and the 5 deadly driving behaviors, and 2) have a meaningful discussion about these things and other important things related to driving
  • Currently enrolled Dr. Ed. students are NOT required to attend but are encouraged to do so. Those who attend with a parent/guardian receive generous extra credit (Summer students are required to attend as it is a part of your 27 hours of required class time).
  • Family members (and friends) are welcome to attend. Everyone who attends this powerful presentation will benefit. It is a terrific family outing. 
  • If it is absolutely impossible for one parent to make arrangements to attend, there are two alternatives available: 1) the "best" option is to attend the presentation on another evening at a neighboring school, or 2) the "last resort" option is to participate in a student-led alternative assignment with your son/daughter.  Your son/daughter can get the alternative dates or the alternative homework assignment from Mr. Galley. Either option will satisfy the classroom assignment requirement. 
Standard 1: The student and parent (or legal guardian) will discuss the process of the Graduated Driver License law and parental responsibilities, and review crash statistics and risks associated with driving and how parental involvement can establish lifetime safety for new drivers.

Objective 1: Parents and students will discuss and identify the Graduated Driver
    a. Identify the positive effects of parental involvement in the teen driving
    b. Discuss rules and responsibilities of the Graduated Driver License Law as
        it pertains to the new driver.
    c. Discuss the responsibilities of parent, student and educator during the
        driver education course.

Objective 2: Parents and students will discuss the risks of dangerous driving
    a. Discuss the risks of distracted driving.
    b. Examine the consequences of texting while driving.
    c. Identify the benefits of properly using safety restraints.
    d. List hazards from aggressive driving behaviors.
    e. Discuss how use of alcohol and misuse of all drugs can increase crashes.
    f. Discuss risks involved with drowsy driving.

Objective 3: Understand Utah Law as it relates to the Graduated Driver License.
    a. List parental responsibilities for student driving behavior.
    b. Examine Graduated Driver License time restraints.
    c. Identify legal passenger laws for the Graduated Driver License.

Source: USOE Core Standards for Driver Education Handbook