Parents and their teens ages 14-18 are invited to attend a free distracted driving and parent awareness program on Wednesday, May 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Casey's Amusement Park in Alexandria.

The objectives of the event include:

• Assist teen drivers to make better decisions behind the wheel by experiencing firsthand the dangers associated with distracted driving but under safe, controlled conditions.

• Increase awareness of teen driving risks and laws.

• Increase awareness of the important role parents play in influencing their teen to drive safely.

Attendees will rotate through four stations: teen driving laws by law enforcement and Central Lakes Driving School, teen driving risks by North Memorial Ambulance, impact of a crash by Dilley Zimny Insurance and Public Health, and on-track distracted driving by Casey's staff and law enforcement.

The event will conclude with a video, Gone Too Soon, created by the Minnesota State Patrol aimed at communicating the seriousness of the life-and-death decisions teens make while driving.


Pre-registration is required. Limited space is available. To reserve a spot, contact Misty at Public Health at (320) 762-2973 or with the name of teen, age of teen, parent(s) name, phone number and email. A participation waiver will be signed at the event. Cell phones to use during the event are highly recommended.