A new driving program is coming to Eastern Carolina, aimed at young drivers and their parents.
District Attorney Seth Edwards announced a StreetSafe program is tentatively scheduled at Washington High School at the end of March.
According to a release, the program is a new hands-on driving experience for drivers from the second prosecutorial district which includes Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and Washington counties.
“This program is nothing like I have ever seen,” said Edwards. "It actually puts the young driver behind the wheel, with a trained instructor, in a controlled environment.”
Dangerous situations like wet pavement, texting, a collision without a seat belt and impaired driving are addressed.
Edwards says he is so confident in the benefits of this program that he plans to dismiss certain traffic citations for first time offenders between 16-24 years old who complete the StreetSafe program.
“While the cost of the program seems high, it pales in comparison to court costs, driver license revocations, and insurance increases,” he said. “Let’s not forgot the most important benefit may be the prevention of serious injury or death from a motor vehicle collision.”
The first StreetSafe program is tentatively scheduled for March 29 at Washington High School.
Here's how it works, according to the release:
The program lasts 4.5 hours on a Saturday morning, and the cost per student is $110.00. For participants under age 18, a parent is required to attend the first hour of the program.
To determine whether a 16-24 year old offender qualifies for the program, the offender or his attorney must appear in court on the scheduled court date for the District Attorney to make the determination.
Most violations for speeding, texting while driving, stop light or stop sign, and even seat belts will qualify, provided the offender has not completed the StreetSafe program elsewhere.
To sign up, the offender can do so online at www.streetsafeus.com, or obtain a written application in court from the District Attorney.
Following completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate which can then be presented to the District Attorney for review.
StreetSafe is open to drivers of all ages, whether or not they have pending charges. However, only the 16-24 year old first offender group is eligible for potential dismissals of the citation.