Monday marked the state’s first-ever teen driving camp.
It’s hosted by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, in collaboration with several other law enforcement agencies, organizations, businesses and guest speakers.
The goal is to help teens prepare to make good decisions before they get behind the wheel.
Crash survivor Brittany Leedham explained how critical, even life-changing, those decisions can be.
“It’s not worth it to put your life at risk, and others on the road. It’s a very simple decision – don’t do it,” said Leedham. “My accident was completely avoidable, preventable, so if I can reach just one teens, adults in the room, makes it all worth it.”
That accident was back in November of 2008.
Leedham and her boyfriend were speeding down Holt Road in Brentwood when they crashed into a tree.
Leedham suffered several broken leg and pelvic bones, while her boyfriend died at the scene.
It’s testimony, alongside demonstrations, simulators, mock crashes, and AAA-certified curriculum that instructors at the camp hope will help arm teens with how to make good decisions on the road.
The training is free of cost for the 200,000 students enrolled in the camp.
The camp doesn’t replace driver’s education, but serves as a supplementary program.
On Friday, the teens will receive a certificate of completion.