"Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 15 to 30 years of age."
National Center for Heath Statistics
The STOPPED program is a parental notification system adopted by the Greene County Sheriff's Office to help reduce the number of young drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents.
Annually over 3,000 drivers between fifteen and twenty-one years of age die in the United States as a result of car crashes.
In Greene County, young drivers represent 27% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and 30% of all drivers involved in personal injury automobile accidents.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office offers parents this voluntary notification system to extend their watchful eyes and raise the awareness of drivers under the age of 21.
On Your Mark
Parents voluntarily register with the Greene County Sheriff's Office, any motor vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age of 21.
An identification decal is issued and affixed to the inside driver's side windshield of each registered vehicle.
If for any reason the registered vehicle, when operated by a driver under the age of 21, is stopped by a Greene County Law Enforcement officer, the officer will complete a notification card providing the following information:
Time and location of stop
Driver's Name and the number of passengers
Reason for stop
Whether any traffic tickets were issued
Notifications will be mailed directly to parents to make them aware of potential problems and enable them to enforce any parental rules that often co-exist with teenage driving privileges.