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S.T.O.P.P.E.D. Teen Driving Program developed to keep teen drivers safe

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

On behalf of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram recently announced a new teen-driving program in Brunswick County named S.T.O.P.P.E.D.

It stands for “Sheriff’s & Police Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers.”

This new program is aimed at reducing the number of young drivers involved in auto accidents through voluntary parental notification.

Participants will receive a decal to be placed on the outside of the driver’s side rear window. Once displayed, if a law enforcement officer in Brunswick County stops an enrolled vehicle, and the driver is 18 years old or younger, the parents will be notified by e-mail, phone, or U.S. mail, and may be notified by the law enforcement officer conducting the traffic stop. The following information will be provided to the parents:

•Date and time of traffic stop.

•Driver’s name and number of passengers.

•Reason for the traffic stop.

•Type of enforcement action taken.

Parents may register for the program by obtaining a registration form at any local police department or the sheriff’s office, or by visiting our Web site www.brunswicksheriff.com and click on the red S.T.O.P.P.E.D. decal on the Home Page.

For questions related to the program, contact the Program Coordinator, Cpl. Todd Coring at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office 253-2777.