August 23, 2014
RENO, NV - For nine years, "Driver's Edge" has made a stop in Reno to help teen drivers learn how to handle potentially dangerous situations while behind the wheel.
The founder and CEO of the program, Jeff Payne, says students learn driving skills never taught in driver's education classes.
Payne says he started the program because of the startling statistic: car crashes are the leading cause of death for drivers between the age of 15 and 20. Driver's Edge says "research indicates a 53 percent reduction in collisions among drivers aged 16-18 over a 12 months period since attending our program."
Driving instructors teach teens in the classroom, and behind the wheel. The program visits about 15 to 20 cities a year.
The 800 spots for the class in Reno filled up in just thirty minutes. Payne says there is a waiting list you can still register for, and there are a few slots where teens will be accepted.
Driver's Edge is a non-profit organization and functions solely off of donations.