June 11, 2007

Teach Teens How to Be Safe on the Road

Recognizing the fact that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, Western Nevada College is offering more than a dozen hands-on Driver Education classes in Carson City, Fernley and Minden to help keep them safe. The four-day, 30-hour classes will teach young drivers safe driving techniques through lectures, class discussion, guest speakers, and films that cover Nevada driving regulations, basic vehicle control, and driving maneuvers in various situations and environments.

"We give the students valuable driving information that could someday save their life," said Judy Larquier, coordinator of the program. "It's much better than an Internet course because of the wide range of information presented in the class. We discuss distractions in the vehicle, falling asleep at the wheel, peer pressure and driving under the influence. Guest speakers include public safety officials, insurance representatives and accident victims. Instruction includes tips on how to drive safely around large trucks and motorcycles and how to avoid unexpected objects in the road, as well as maneuvering safely through roundabouts.

Upcoming sessions:
WNC Carson City
Monday-Thursday, June 11-14, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, June 18-21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, June 25-28, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, July 9-12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, July 16-19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, July 23-26, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, July 30-August 2, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, August 6-9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

WNC Fernley
Monday-Thursday, June 18-21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, July 16-19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, July 30-August 2, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, August 13-16, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

WNC Douglas
Monday-Thursday, June 25-28, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, July 16-19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To register for the non-credit classes, students must fill out the WNC Community Education Admission Application at http://www.wnc.edu/drivereducation/ and then mail, fax or bring it in to WNC Carson City, 2201 West College Parkway. Once this application is processed, normally two days after it is received, students may proceed with Web-REG to register for upcoming New Driver Education classes. By using this application, students will not be assessed a $15 application fee.

Classes are open to anyone age 15 and older, and the Nevada Public Agency Insurance Pool, the Public Agency Compensation Trust, and State Farm Insurance all support the course. Cost: $105.

Press Release: June 5, 2007

For additional information, please contact:
Judy Larquier
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 775-445-4458
E-mail: Judy.Larquier@wnc.edu
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu


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