Two CPTV Original Documentaries -- Parents & Teens: Behind the Wheel and Teens: Behind the Wheel – Are Released Nationally

Release Date: 04/07/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – Two CPTV Originals are being released to public television stations nationwide in April.

Parents & Teens: Behind the Wheel (produced by Jennifer Boyd, Catherine Sager and Cathy Jackman) and Teens: Behind the Wheel (produced by Jennifer Boyd) are both being distributed by American Public Television (APT) to public television stations across the country.

While both one-hour documentaries will be available for stations to broadcast over the next three years, the April release date is designed to coincide with the upcoming prom and graduation driving season when so many teens are at risk on the roads.

First premiering on CPTV in May 2005, Teens: Behind the Wheel uses dashboard cameras to take an unprecedented look at what actually happens when newly licensed teenagers drive. For the production, six boys and four girls, all of whom had just earned their driver’s licenses, agreed to have video cameras mounted to the windshields of their cars for six months. During the production, the cameras recorded numerous crashes and traffic violations. However, the cameras were not intended to catch kids behaving badly, but to give viewers an accurate idea of what happens in and around a teenager’s car during the first six months of driving. Teens: Behind the Wheel was awarded a 2005 Regional Emmy Award.

Parents and Teens: Behind the Wheel – the follow-up documentary to Teens: Behind the Wheel – premiered on CPTV in May 2008. This one-hour program examines where teen driving habits are formed and explores how parent behavior behind the wheel can influence the conduct of newly licensed teens. The documentary follows five families over the course of six months, documenting the real-life issues they face during the first few months of driving and offers the opinions of industry experts on the reality of teenage brain development, and teens’ ability to anticipate events that might be hazardous on the road. The program also features three mothers who lost teenagers to car crashes, and whose organization IMPACT, the Mourning Parents Act, seeks to educate not only parents and teens, but also government officials, about the number one cause of death for teenagers in America.

Jennifer Boyd, the producer behind both documentaries, was recently interviewed by Good Housekeeping magazine for an upcoming profile on teen driving. She has also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the subject. Additionally, segments of Teens: Behind the Wheel have aired on Dateline NBC, ABC World News Tonight and MSNBC, as well as numerous local news stations across the country. The documentary has been written about in the New York Times, Providence Journal, Hartford Courant and other newspapers across the country.

Teens: Behind the Wheel was made possible by the support of Travelers. Parents & Teens: Behind the Wheel was made possible by Travelers, with additional support from The CarMax Foundation and the Law Firm Stratton Faxon.

About CPTV

CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.  The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and/or www.wnpr.org.

 

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