SmartDrive is a DMV certified safe driving program geared to high school students. It is offered under the umbrella of the Delaware Safety Council, a non-profit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. The concept was conceived in 2004 by founder Pete (Julian) Booker, along with concerned individuals and organizations in the State of Delaware in response to the senseless and preventable loss of life among teens resulting from inexperience, poor driving decisions, and practices. The desired outcome for SmartDrive is for a significant number of young drivers to make the right decisions every time they are behind the wheel so they will never put themselves, their passengers, their vehicles or anyone else in harm’s way.
In order to achieve this mission, SmartDrive delivers a compelling message, multiple, flexible programs, a fun interactive approach, consistent application over time and significant incentives. The program works with the assistance of school administrators and faculty, and other concerned public safety officials and educators from the public and private sectors. SmartDrive programs are offered to students in all high schools in Delaware, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and suburban Southeastern Pennsylvania.
SmartDrive is funded through contributions from individuals as well as grants and sponsorships from public and private organizations and government agencies.