Following the tragic events that lead to the deaths of Teddy Jeter, Bo McClamma, and Brandon Hobbs, officials are hoping to put in place new programs to teach students what to do when they're facing a dangerous driving situation.
Research from the CDC has shown that traditional Driver's Education classes don't do much as far as preventing teen crashes.The new programs hope to have a more significant impact.
The programs employ two different methods. Bay District Schools are looking at technology that will simulate dangerous driving situations. "The technology would allow them, when they do come into that situation, if they overcorrect the video game or technology will tell them this is what happens when you do that," says Superintendent Bill Husfelt.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office has a different approach. They are hoping to bring the Teen Driver Challenge to the area. The course is a hands-on approach for students, allowing them to use their own cars for the potentially lifesaving maneuvers. "Now nothing is 100%," said Deputy Timothy Bowen. "No course is a guarantee that they'll be able to correct a vehicle if it goes into a spin or runs off the road. But this actually puts them in real situations and real scenarios and how to recover the vehicle."
Neither programs have specific start dates, but both agencies say getting the programs started is a priority.