News Digest

Parent’s driving program offered

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) launched an innovative new program today designed to prevent one of the major causes of death and injury for teen drivers: inexperience. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Using sponsorship funds committed by West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, the award-winning Parent’s Supervised Driving Program will provide parents and guardians with the most advanced research and technological tools to supervise teens new to driving. Currently available in 13 states, the program’s step-by-step curriculum and complementary RoadReady mobile app offer parents and guardians a free tool to optimize the 30 hours (10 at night) of supervised driving now required for approximately 50,000 teens seeking instruction permits each year in Wisconsin.

With the help of sponsor funds, DMV is able to provide this valuable resource to the parents of teen drivers at no cost to families or taxpayers. This allows DMV to address a need and to provide parents with a resource geared toward skill development and a tool to expand the conditions and time that teens drive with their parents or guardians prior to driving independently. This public/private partnership greatly enhances efforts to keep Wisconsin’s roads safer. West Bend President and CEO Kevin Steiner stated, “The skills outlined in this guide are meant to help teens learn to be better drivers. It is one of the many ways West Bend works to help Wisconsin families.”

“Parents and guardians are in the best position to assure that their teens become safe drivers and their participation in this program will have a key influence on the reduction of teen crash rates,” explained Patrick Fernan, DMV administrator. “This program offers a resource that will help parents and guardians ensure that their permitted teen makes the right decisions behind the wheel so that they’re safe once they are licensed.”

Parents and teens are also invited to connect with the program online and through social media as well as the popular RoadReady app that helps parents and teens track their drive times. RoadReady’s functionality offers parents an easy, efficient way to guarantee their teen receives the most experience possible behind-the-wheel, prior to driving independently.

“This state–of–the art program was developed by the foremost experts and organizations in highway safety,” stated Jeff Larson, president of Safe Roads Alliance, who worked in partnership with DMV to develop the program for the state. “It will now be made available to Wisconsin parents and guardians of permitted teens through multiple platforms, including the distribution of the printed guide that will be handed out at all DMV licensing offices when teens first receive their learner’s permit.”

More information on the program can be found on the official Wisconsin DMV website: http://www.wisconsindmv.gov.

FSA committee seeks nominations

The Sheboygan County Farm Service Agency (FSA) office is currently searching for minority and female producers interested in serving as an advisor to the FSA County Committee. It is recommended that interested groups or individuals send advisor nominations to the FSA Office by May 1.

“The person selected to serve as an advisor will be instrumental in increasing the awareness and participation in FSA activities, including elections,” said Lynn Ann Clausing, director of the Sheboygan County FSA Office. “The advisor will help insure that problems and viewpoints of underrepresented groups are understood and considered in local FSA actions.”

Other duties of the County Committee advisors include:

• Attending each committee meeting, including executive sessions.

• Participating in all deliberations, although advisors will not have voting rights.

• Helping to develop interest and incentives in female and minority group members for considering FSA work as a career.

• Actively soliciting candidates from underrepresented groups for nomination during the committee election process.

• Performing special duties at the County Committee’s request.

The appointment will be effective immediately and will run until Feb. 28, 2015.

County Committee members and advisors make decisions that are important to farmers and agricultural landowners throughout the county. As a representative of the U.S. government entrusted with this responsibility, each committee member and advisor must make sure all producers are treated fairly.

If interested in serving as an advisor to the FSA County Committee for 2014, please contact Lynn Ann Clausing at the Sheboygan County FSA office at (920)467-9917. Nominations can be sent to the FSA office at 650 Forest Avenue, Sheboygan Falls 53085, by e-mail to lynnann. clausing@wi.usda.gov or by fax to 855-733-0182.

 Correction 

The election results story in last Thursday’s Review incorrectly reported the results of the Adell Village Board election.

Incumbent Kim Peterson and challenger Brian Parr were the two top vote-getters in the race for three trustee positions, with incumbent Jane Schneider and challenger Jim Jentsch tying for the third spot with 40 votes each.

The winner will be decided by lot at the Adell Board of Canvassers meeting today.


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