CIRCLEVILLE — Pickaway County Juvenile Court has received a $20,000 grant that will provide juvenile traffic offenders and other young drivers access to advanced driver training.

Currently Pickaway County Juvenile Court uses the Better Ohio Teen Driver program for teenage drivers charged with a second moving violation.

“The teens and the parents who completed the advanced BOTD program thought that it was insightful and taught the teens the necessity of remaining focused and in control of their vehicles at all times,” Magistrate Shelly Harsha said. “The Court will utilize the funds to expand referrals to the program to first-time offenders and will track the success rate for the teens completing the advanced programs.”

Recently Ohio Governor Mike DeWine pledged to focus on traffic safety with the goal to help more young drivers improve their driving skills to prevent future crashes and save lives.

Some of the other safety initiatives include investments to the improvements of the physical safety of Ohio Roads; distracted driving safety corridors in Ohio; the introduction of the HandsFreeOhio bill; and establishment of the new Ohio Traffic Safety Council to coordinate and monitor all statewide traffic safety initiatives and analyze trends to develop new traffic safety initiatives.

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