Teenage Driver Safety Program Expands

For several years, state officials have been taking a live game show into high schools. The goal is to help instill good habits in teenage drivers. About 40 schools take part in it every year, but that number is about to double, with financial help from Franklin-based Nissan North America.

It’s called ThinkFast. Like any game show, it features a gaudy set and energetic host.

On the surface, the questions seem like any other game show, too.

Shaquille O’Neal started with which NBA team? How many US presidents have been born overseas? The OC takes place in which state?

Sprinkled in are more serious questions concerning drunk driving, distracted driving, peer pressure and safe habits behind the wheel.

State officials credit education programs like ThinkFast—as well as a more strict licensing system for teens—for a reduction in the number of teenage deaths on Tennessee highways, even as the numbers have risen nationally.

More information on ThinkFast, including sample questions, here.

Bradley George

Bradley George is WPLN's Morning Edition host. He covers a wide range of stories, from local history to the electric vehicle market. A native of North Carolina, he worked at radio stations there and in Alabama before arriving in Nashville in 2011.
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