• Two Illinois schools take high honors in teen driving safety program
• Both schools receive money to encourage safety while discouraging distracted driving
• The schools held various events to promote student and parent driving safety
• Both schools received funds to hold after-prom events
As more and more teenagers obtain drivers licenses and their own vehicles, teen driving safety becomes a more important issue. This is especially true when many of those teenagers also possess cell phones. Distracted driving is a danger for drivers of any age and experience level, but it can be an even bigger hazard for younger and less experienced motorists. Schools across the country and taking various steps to promote teen driving safety on both their campuses and across the nation. Two Illinois schools took high honors in the divisions the competed in when it came to promoting safe driving for students of the respective schools.
One of the two schools placed first in its region, with the second school claiming second place in its own region. The program that the schools were competing in is called Operation Teen Safe Driving and is a joint effort by the Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary, the Illinois State Police, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and the Ford Motor Company Fund. The program works to both raise general awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and decrease the number of car accidents associated with teen driving.
The program grants schools that are chosen to take part $2,000 to be used in creating promotional items and to pay for events like mock crashes. One of the two Illinois schools put together checkpoints, during which they determined whether students were using seat belts. Students from that high school also promoted safe driving at their elementary schools with the hopes that the children would encourage their parents to drive safely. The high school students also participated in an initiative where they passed out Smarties to drivers who were driving safely and Dum Dums to those who were driving unsafely.
Students from the other school promoted the importance of ignoring cell phones while driving to fellow students. They wanted to remind other drivers of the importance of putting away cell phones while behind the wheel. That school also conducted a program where students “died” on a certain day due to car accidents.
They were “taken” by the Grim Reaper and could not talk to anyone else for the entire remainder of that day.
Both Illinois schools report that they have seen some improvement in teen driving safety since participating in the safe driving program. Each school also received money as a result of placing so high in the program. The money will be used for after-prom events. Additionally, students from both groups will be able to participate in an event where students will drive on courses with professional drivers who distract them or while wearing goggles that interfere with their vision.
While teen driving safety is important to promote, especially when it comes to the dangers of distracted driving, these measures sometimes come too late to prevent car accidents. Those who are injured or lose loved ones in such motor vehicle collisions may be able to seek financial restitution by filing civil lawsuits in a court of law. Our personal injury and wrongful death law firm can be reached at 1-888-586-7041 in order to discuss the specific facts of your case. We can help you determine whether filing a lawsuit may be in your best interests. Nobody should have to pay for medical or other related expenses that were caused through no fault of their own. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free meeting to find out how we can help you.
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