Hillhouse’s Driver Safety program also giving teens chance to chase dreams

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Thanks to the simulators at the Driver Safety Program at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, students don’t just learn how to drive, they get the drive to fuel their dreams, like 18-year-old Tytainya Gaines. Her goal is to be an EMT one day.

First though, she’ll need to be able to operate an ambulance. This first step getting her comfortable behind the wheel could steer her on that path.

“It means a lot because I live with my grandmother, and she doesn’t have a car so I can’t just practice driving any day,” Tytainya said. “And I can just come to school, stay after for a couple of hours and practice right here.”

Kevin Borrup’s company, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, donated all of this technology to the school.

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Kevin says they also did it to help keep teenagers safe on the roads.

“Last year we saw over 2,300 teens die on our roads, and that comes out to be about six teens a day dying throughout the United States on our roads,” Borrup said. “Anything we can do to reduce the risk of teens while driving, the better off we’ll be.”

The principal at Hillhouse is proud of what they’re accomplishing here.

“We’re very grateful to have this equipment in our school,” said principal Glen Worthy. “The ultimate goal is really to try to get kids jobs and they can’t get jobs unless they have their driver’s licenses. But we don’t just want kids to be able to get a drivers’ license, we want to make sure they’re safe drivers,” Worthy said.

“We are very proud about what they’re doing at Hillhouse. This is an example of what high schools should be doing across the state,” said Bill Seymour of the DMV.

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