An interactive teen safe driving and passenger safety program
presented by YOVASO and the Virginia State Police
ScanEd is an interactive, hands-on approach to teaching teens and youth the dangers associated with unsafe driving and unsafe passenger behaviors. It was developed by the Blue Ridge Crash Investigation Team (BRCIT), a program of the Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board (BRTSB), and uses popular iPad and QR code technology to appeal to the high school and middle school audience. During the educational program, a wrecked vehicle is set up on site and QR codes are affixed to the vehicle and various contents in the vehicle (such as a cell phone, beer can, seat belt, etc.). The students are divided into two groups and rotate between two sessions:
Session A – In this session, the group participates in a 15-20 minute presentation about the physics of a crash and unsafe driving and passenger behaviors.
Session B – In this session, students are divided in teams of two and each team is given an iPad and headphones. The teams use the camera feature of the iPad to scan the QR codes on the wrecked car and its contents. As they scan each QR code, they are able to watch various videos and other digital media depicting driving risks, unsafe driving behaviors, top causative factors in a young driver crashes, and important information on how to be safer in a vehicle. For example, a QR code on a cell phone lying on the floor board would show a video graphically depicting the dangers of driving distracted and a QR code on a smashed driver’s door shows would show a slide presentation depicting the dangers of speeding. The program helps teens engage with each other and law enforcement in a dialogue about safe and responsible driving and passenger safety and enables teens to self-learn using technology they think is cool and fun.
The program is typically offered in conjunction with science classes to tie in with the Physics of a Crash, but can also be used in conjunction with health, phys ed, and driver education classes. The two components of the program (presentation and ScanEd) takes about 45 minutes for each student group and schools typically like to have multiple classes complete the program.
Thanks to a proposal made by the BRCIT, First Team Auto Mall in Roanoke has donated all the equipment needed for the ScanEd program to YOVASO to be used in conjunction with State Police troopers at schools and safety events across the state. The donation, a value of approximately $6,000.00, includes 16 iPads, a Mac laptop, and router necessary to store the videos, powerpoints, slide shows, etc.. The BRCIT has provided all the QR codes and Videos to implement the ScanEd component and provided the Physics of a Crash Powerpoints and videos for the presentation component.
YOVASO Role: The plan is for YOVASO to manage ScanEd and schedule state troopers to conduct the program for Virginia high and middle schools. YOVASO would house and maintain the equipment and coordinate the scheduling demands for the program.
VSP Role: VSP troopers would present the program at scheduled schools and work with schools to have the wrecked vehicle set up for the event. The troopers would also be responsible for picking up the equipment prior to their event and returning it to YOVASO.
To schedule ScanEd for your school or community, please complete the ScanEd Request Form or contact Mary King at 540-375-9581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictures from ScanEd Events: