A free event to help raise teen awareness of the dangers of distracted driving will be held Saturday, October 29, at EchoPark Stadium in Parker, Colorado. The event is part of an ongoing series of free events being hosted by EchoPark, a car dealership in Denver.
EchoPark is holding the event to encourage and promote safe driving. Studies have found 77 percent of teens feel like they can safely drive while texting. But drivers ages 15 to 19 make up the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of crashes, according to Distraction.gov. In that age group, 10 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were reported to be distracted at the time of the accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that since 2007, drivers ages 16 to 24 have been observed using electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers.
The EchoPark event will address the importance of proper seating position and mirror adjustment, will provide a “shuffle steering” demonstration, and will cover proper vision techniques. Attendees will be given driving exercises that will show how distractions lessen driving ability.
Students must register, at the event or preferably in advance because space is limited. Attendees must show a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. If students plan to register at the event, they should get there early. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can register online.
The Arrive Alive Tour is a nationwide campaign to educate teens about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving. The United Corporation, a large health and wellness organization, runs the tour. The tour gives students a chance to use a high-tech driving simulator that makes it possible to experience the results of making bad choices while driving.
The Arrive Alive Tour visits schools around the country, from elementary schools to colleges. An Arrive Alive Driving App is coming soon — you can fill out a contact form to be alerted when the app is available. Arrive Alive is always interested in hearing ideas for programs to prevent auto accidents and to encourage good driving habits.
Distraction.gov has many resources for teen drivers. Teens can download a pledge form to fill out and display as a reminder not to use a phone while driving. The site also features a video, “Faces of Distracted Driving,” that teens can share with friends. Distraction.gov exhorts teens to call out to friends or even parents if they are driving while distracted: Don’t stop at being a great driver — be a great passenger!”
Students Against Destructive Decisions
Teens can start school chapters of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD); hang up posters, and host events. If you are interested in holding an event at your school, SADD provides useful information about distracted driving that you can print out and use.