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Florida Program Aims to Reduce Number of Teen Car Accidents

Davie, Florida – Teenagers and automobiles are often a deadly combination. In fact teens are involved in a disproportionate share of automobile accidents often leaving victims with catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury. That is something that Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida is striving to change with a program that will lead to additional certified drivers ed instructors across the state.

Our experienced team of Florida injury attorneys often represent people who were seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents all over the state of Florida. Our trial lawyers work tirelessly to hold negligent drivers and their insurance companies accountable for the harm they cause. We hope that our hard work will someday help to prevent accidents and, in turn, injuries. It is encouraging to see an innovative program that will provide increased training for our youngest drivers. This program may eventually lead to a reduction in the number of injuries and fatalities on our roads. That is one impact on our highways we would all welcome.

The problem – a shortage of driver education courses in Florida schools. This shortage has grown as public school coaches are lost to retirement and fewer young coaches are becoming certified to teach driver education. The result is that drivers ed classes are no longer a mainstay in our schools.

Part of the problem has been that the only two places in the state teachers could go for certification were the University of Florida in Gainesville and the University of South Florida in Tampa. That made it difficult for teachers in other parts of the state to obtain the necessary training.

The NSU program will be available to teachers nationwide online. The program was developed by NSU in collaboration with Broward public schools and under the auspices of the Florida Department of Education. The program is expected to comply with the requirements of most other states.

Driver ed classes are becoming more popular throughout Florida, thanks in part to the Dori Slosberg Foundation, organized by former state Representative Irv Slosberg, whose 15-year-old daughter, Dori, was killed in an automobile accident in 1996.

Since Dori died, Slosberg has been an advocate for traffic safety and driver ed classes. He has also lobbyed for legislation that would add $5 to every traffic ticket issued in the state.

That money would go to support driver education classes in schools. Slosberg estimates the surcharge would generate $14 million annually for the classes in Broward and Miami-Dade.

The new program at Nove is expected to make it easier, or at least more convenient for teachers to get certified.