4-H CARTEENS is a traffic safety program conducted by 4-H teen leaders and their program partners for juvenile traffic offenders. 4-H CARTEENS goals include:

  • reducing the number of repeat juvenile traffic offenders,
  • decreasing the number of teen traffic offenders, and
  • increasing teen awareness of traffic/vehicular safety.

4-H CARTEENS Background
Ohio State University faculty and staff located in county Extension offices recruit and engage adult volunteers and teen leaders who provide leadership to educational programs for youth in local communities. Over the years, county needs assessments conducted by OSU Extension have repeatedly identified teen vehicular safety as a priority need in Ohio’s communities.

The 4-H CARTEENS vehicular safety initiative was developed in response to this need. The original CARTEENS Program began in Brown County, Ohio in 1987. The local 4-H educator, volunteer teen leaders, the juvenile probate court, and the Ohio Highway Patrol all collaborated to develop the program. Since 1987, the 4-H CARTEENS program has expanded throughout Ohio and to several other states across the nation.

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What is CARTEENS in Franklin County?

4-H CARTEENS is a program designed and operated by collaborative partners and student volunteers from Franklin County. The goal of 4-H CARTEENS is to reduce the number of second time traffic offenders in Ohio by having driver safety information taught to teens by teens. Professionals in the field also share information. For those referred for traffic violations as a court order, failure to successfully complete the program will result in a license being automatically suspended by the court. A citation may also be issued requiring a return to court.


The 4-H CARTEENS program is a proven preventative educational tool for any teen that gets behind the wheel. We encourage siblings to attend with court referred youth free of charge on the same evening. All other youth who have not been court referred to the program and have not been issued a traffic citation are welcome at a reduced rate of $25.00. IN THIS CASE, NO DOCUMENTATION WILL BE SUPPLIED TO THE COURT.
NOTE: Due to the content of this program, it is not recommended that youth under the age of 14 attend.