Lakeway Municipal Court of Record is now referring young drivers with traffic citations to enroll in Baylor Scott & White Medical Center McLane Children’s Hospital (Temple, Texas) Reality Education for Drivers—RED—Program for young drivers (14-25 years old*) and their parents or guardians. This program is a free service. It's offered on Saturdays, beginning sharply at 9:00 a.m. and wrapping up around 2:00 pm.
This one day course focuses on driving SECURE (wear your seatbelt!), SILENT (free of distractions like cell phones) and SOBER (no alcohol or drug use while driving). The course includes class discussions, multimedia presentations, hands on activities and a “behind the scenes” tour of the hospital’s state of the art trauma center. There is also a special section for parents, guardians and other adult influencers in which RED associates share research-based tools that can be used to help teens become safer drivers. Students receive a Certificate of Completion for community service hours at the end of the course. Adults will receive a bag of “tools” for helping their young driver.
QUALIFYING YOUNG DEFENDANTS (AGES 14-25) WHO WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO A TRIAL IN (NON-AGGRAVATED) TRAFFIC CASES, COMPLETE THE RED PROGRAM, AND SATISFY ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THEIR 6 MONTH PROBATION, WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY A ($200) FINE, AND THEIR CASE WILL BE DISMISSED.
As a First Responder (Volunteer Firefighter/EMT and former police officer), Judge Madison is keenly aware that motor vehicle crashes kill and maim more people (under age 40) than any other form of trauma, assaults or homicides. Young drivers are particularly susceptible to injuries and death caused by vehicular crashes because driving is a skill that improves with experience. Conversely, young drivers are inexperienced drivers with less driving skills.
Judge Madison and Lakeway Municipal Court are very thankful that Baylor Scott & White Hospital has initiated this life-saving “Reality Education for Drivers” (RED) program for young drivers.
For more information, ask the prosecutor if your traffic citation case qualifies for this dismissal program. Defendants must be between the ages of 14-25 years of age and cases must not be serious traffic offenses, such as “Passing a Loading/Unloading School Bus.”
*A parent or guardian must be present with participant(s) under 18 years old.