In this program, teens cited for traffic violations are given the opportunity to take ownership for their choices, to learn the “whys” behind traffic laws, and learn how their actions affect the community. Participants and their parents meet together with a facilitator, police officer and community members.
Teens and their parents will receive a letter from BCRJP inviting them to participate in the Teen Traffic Violators meeting. During the meeting, participants and their parents have open conversation with a police officer and community citizens. Officers have a chance to strengthen community relations as well as explain the process and circumstances that make their jobs stressful. Community members talk about the impact of traffic violations on the community. The teen participants are asked to discuss their driving violation, the impact their choices had on themselves and others, and their future choices.
Following the meeting, the teen participant is responsible for writing an essay and completing 6 hours of community service. Participants have 15 days to complete the essay, which must include a summary of their offense, things they learned in the conference, and researched statistics about traffic safety. Teens have 30 days to complete their community service hours at a site of their choice. The essays are shared with the police officers of the referring agency. After both sanctions are completed, the teen’s case is closed and (in most cases) the citation waived.
The fee for this program is $60 and must be paid before participating. The program is usually held at the Rice Lake City Hall. Please see our Calendar for the next scheduled program date.
I learned many new things during the meeting. An important thing I learned is that no matter how trivial a traffic law may seem, it’s there for a reason. By making better choices, I especially reduce the risk of injury to any pedestrians.”– Teen participant