The Mid-Ohio School Partners With Maria's Message to Provide Teen Driving Instruction

Saturday is the First of Three Safe Driving Days Offered this Summer

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 24, 2017) - The Mid-Ohio School takes its Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program curriculum and Honda Civic Skid Car on the road tomorrow (June 24) to Columbus, Ohio, for a Maria's Message Safe Driving Day.

On September 17, 2013, 10TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi and his family lost their 21-year-old daughter, Maria, in a distracted driving accident. Since then, the Tiberis and their 10TV family have been on a mission to teach young drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. This mission includes public service announcements, Maria's Message presentations at area high schools, and free defensive driving courses for teens.

"We at 10TV are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with partners like The Mid-Ohio School to make sure that our young drivers get that extra training that could make the difference between distracted driving and defensive driving," said Angela Pace, Director of Community Affairs, WBNS-TV. "The guys from The Mid-Ohio School are great with the kids and should be proud that they're helping to create a generation of safe drivers."

Three sessions involving about 90 students who have pre-registered for class will be presented by The Mid-Ohio School tomorrow. The program will be at Thirty-One Gifts headquarters (3425 Morse Crossing, Columbus, OH 43219) for those interested in getting a view of the training. Additional classes are scheduled for Wednesday, July 26, and Saturday, August 19. To learn more about the future dates, please visit

"We are proud to partner with WBNS-10TV, Dom and the Tiberi family for the fourth year in keeping Maria's Message alive," said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School. "Our goal is to be a difference maker in reducing distracted driving and savings the lives of teenage drivers through this training."

This program teaches techniques not found in typical drivers' education classrooms. Instructors from The Mid-Ohio School put students behind the wheel to learn skills they will use throughout their driving lives. Students will practice emergency lane change, wet pavement braking, and skid car drills.

About The Mid-Ohio School

Based at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, Ohio, The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. The school's 16 automobile courses include the renowned Honda Teen Defensive Driving program, as well as High Performance and Racing programs. The motorcycle side features two Performance Track Riding formats. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world's top racers. The school is a member of the AAA Approved School Network and a past recipient of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Partners for Safety Award. In 24 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School boasts 68,800 all-time graduates, including over 20,500 teenage drivers and 16,900 motorcyclists.

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