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Safety First: Teaching Teens To Drive

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About 80 percent of Vermont teens take driver's education classes through their high schools.
About 80 percent of Vermont teens take driver's education classes through their high schools.

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Learning to drive is a rite of passage and huge responsibility for the 5,500 or so teens who get junior operator licenses each year in Vermont. Now, a new guide from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles aims to help parents reinforce safety lessons as their teens get behind the wheel. We talk about the with Marty Dexter, who coordinates driver education for the Vermont DMV, and Jeff Larson of the Safe Roads Alliance, which authored The Parent's Supervised Driving Guide.

Also in the program, a Vermont elementary school teacher is honored for excellence in the classroom. We talk with Champlain Elementary School fourth-fifth grade teacher Matt Hajdun, who is receiving the Milken Educator Award and a $25,000 prize for innovation in the classroom.