Driving Angels program coming to eastern Hamilton County

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Driving Angels program, which aims to make a positive impact on juvenile driving offenders, is now coming to eastern Hamilton County.

The program is being introduced Friday morning at the Sycamore Township Community Center.

Driving Angels is a three hour Saturday class involving teen drivers and emergency responders, local police and safety professionals. Participating students learn safe driving skills and get a first hand look at the results of poor driving habits, including injuries and citations.

Eligible participants are juvenile traffic offenders as a possible alternative to citation and other interested drivers. The programs are partially funded by local car dealerships and other local businesses.

"The Driving Angels program is an exceptional grass roots effort by the law enforcement and local businesses to address the issue of teen driving crashes," said Sean Donovan, Chief Deputy of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. "I sincerely hope this program takes wings and continues to grow year by year."

The program was originally developed and implemented by the Colerain Township police Department, Northwest high School, University hospital and Rumpke Safety Director Larry Stone. The program began in 2009 and more than 300 students have graduated from it.

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