Upper St. Clair Township

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Virtual Program Designed to Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe on the Road

The Youth Steering Committee of Upper St. Clair is offering families two opportunities to participate in Share the Keys, a 60- to 90-minute interactive orientation program for parents and their teen drivers. Families can register online for virtual programs at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 or 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 11.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that “motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.” Research by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that parenting style has a significant impact on teen driver safety. Teens whose parents set rules and pay attention to their driving activities in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to be involved in a crash.

According to the Share the Keys website, “Parents who set rules, offer support and monitor their teen’s driving can reduce their teen’s crash risk by as much as 50%.”

While the program is beneficial for all teen drivers, parents and teens experience the greatest benefit when participating prior to or during the driving permit phase. It provides valuable information, tools and resources that support the development of safe driving habits for life.

The Youth Steering Committee of Upper St. Clair is a community action group, jointly appointed by the Township Board of Commissioners and Board of School Directors. The committee is comprised of adult residents, student representatives and liaisons from the appointing boards.

Its mission is to involve the Upper St. Clair community in providing positive direction and support to the community’s youth and their families. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month from September to June at the Community & Recreation Center, 1551 Mayview Road in Upper St. Clair. Meetings are
open to all residents.