MDOT worked with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to develop lesson plans and implement the pilot project. The program will help further implement transportation safety education initiatives in middle schools across the state by using school curriculums according to a press release from MDOT.
Six schools, one from each transportation district, were selected to participate in the program. Woolfolk Middle School was the first school to complete all of the required benchmarks. Benchmarks include teachers participating in online training, teaching the lesson plans in the classroom, students taking a safe driving pledge on the new MDOT Driver Safety Education website, schools participating in an October safety week event , such as Walk to School Day, Red Ribbon Week, or National Teen Driver Safety Week, and schools hosting a safety fair featuring MDOT's Survive Your Drive simulators.
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