Vail Valley safe-driving class returns April 19 |

Vail Valley safe-driving class returns April 19

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildailycomVail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado A program designed to teach Vai Valley, Colorado teens how to drive safely in a variety of challenging conditions returns to the Vail Valley Jet Center on April 19. The Tire Rack Street Survival Driving Program is sponsored by the Edwards Rotary Club, costs $60 and is open to students ages 16 to 21. Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Eagle County youth ages 16 to 25, says Joe Hoy, Eagle County sheriff and co-founder of the program. We want to lower that statistic by bringing this course to Eagle County.Students take the class in their own cars so they get a better understanding of how their car will handle in a variety of challenging driving conditions, such as heavy rain, distractions and kids. We need to give our kids the tools they need to understand how to drive safely, especially in our community, says Linda Hill, president of Hill & Company and co-founder of the program. We saw such great success from our program last October that we want to continue the momentum by bringing the program back, says Hill. Students who are interested in enrolling can go to: and click on Eagle County Regional Airport link for details and forms to complete. Adults interested in training to become instructors can contact Linda Hill at or Joe Hoy at Twenty-five teens participated in the October 2008 program and the Edwards Rotary Club is looking for 30 students to participate in the April session. Additionally, 20 local adults were trained as instructors and will be used to help administer the April 2009 program.

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