Agencies partner to put focus on teen driver
National Teen Driver Safety Week
LIMA, Ohio (Wednesday, Oct. 23,
2019) – Area agencies are putting the focus on younger
drivers during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 20-25.
"Nearly 30,000 teens have been
involved in crashes in Ohio so far this year. That’s more than the population
of the city of Athens," said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks, during an
event on Monday to kick off the week. Events are being held throughout Ohio
this week to emphasize the teen safety message.
In northwest Ohio, events are being held
to help teens recognize behaviors which could lead to a vehicular crash, and
take steps to keep from being killed or seriously injured in a crash.
An event at Lincolnview High School in
Van Wert County today featured several hands-on stations, each designed to
highlight a different aspect of teen driver safety. Participating agencies were
the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), AAA Ohio Auto Club, and the Ohio
State Highway Patrol, Van Wert post.
The stations featured:
- A video regarding the dangers of distracted driving and
not wearing a seat belt.
- A walk-through roundabout simulation.
- A simulator which tested their delay in
braking while using their phone.
- The opportunity to submit their idea for a safety
message for display on Ohio's freeway message boards.
- A driving safety quiz and map reading exercise.
- A roundtable discussion with the Ohio State Highway
- An ODOT truck and a discussion about driving in snow
and ice conditions, and how salt and brine makes highways safer.
On Thursday, Safe Communities of Wood
County will provide a presentation to students at Penta Career Center in
Perrysburg, with support of local first responders, the Ohio State Highway
Patrol, AAA Ohio Auto Club, and ODOT.
Stats regarding teen drivers:
- 5% of all drivers are teens, but they are involved in
15% of all crashes.
- 60% of teens killed in vehicle crashes were not wearing
a seat belt.
- Nearly two-thirds of those killed in teen car crashes
are people other than the driver.
- Nearly all teens polled say they are uncomfortable
speaking up when they don't feel safe in a vehicle.