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Great Hang Up: National Teen Driver Safety Week

7:41 AM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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GREAT HANG UP: This week marks National Teen Driver Safety Week and many local schools have a full slate of activities to spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Traffic accidents remain the leading cause of death for teens in the US and California according the California Highway Patrol. 

River City High in West Sacramento has an "I Commit" wall to not text and drive. Their driver's ed class penned a version of the hit song "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen with a twist, singing "Hang Up Baby." Junior Melissa Romero knocked it out of the park!They also started a "No Phone No Problem" campaign.

Thursday on News10@9, 20 high school students from Franklin-Elk Grove and 18 middle schoolers from Lincoln joined us as a live audience and shared their their thoughts on driver safety and top distractions. The CHP even did a demo with beer goggles so they could see the impairment. Parents Leanna and Troy Clegg also shared their son Hunter's story and ask parents to know the rules of a graduated driver's license and have middle schoolers too also know not to get into car as a passenger if it's not safe.

The Sutter/Yuba Friday Night Live program will also offer their haunted mansion fundraiser that benefits Friday Night Live safety programs.

The Historic Marysville library will be transformed into the Smokey Hills Manor at 301 4th Street in Marysville. Cost is $5.

  • Friday 10/19               7-10:30pm
  • Saturday 10/20          6-10;30pm
  • Friday 10/26              7-10:30pm
  • Saturday   10/27       6-8:30pm
  • Wednesday  10/31   5-8:30pm

The California Highway Patrol also offers Start Smart/Impact Classes for teens and their parents:

Yuba/Sutter CHP:

  • Wednesday October 17th
  • 6:30-8:30 pm
  • (530) 674-5141

 The Sacramento Valley Division:

  • 2555 First Avenue in Sacramento
  • 6-8pm October 18th.
  • (916) 731-6300

Tuesday many schools took part in in RoadWatch, where students log driver behavior near campus and collect data on the biggest distractions.

Great resources for safe driving programs include Impact Teen Drivers and California Friday Night Live.

ADEPT Driver is also observing National Teen Driver Safety Week and offer their teenSMART program to reduce crashes.

Share your activities with us MCrowley@news10.net and on our Great Hang Up Facebook page.

Alive at 25 shared this:  Good question? We have 17 local area schools getting ready to kick off the National Teen Safe Driver Safety Week with a Teen to Teen Campaign Contest meant to engage youth in leading positive messages to help teens make safe driving decisions. WhooHoo!!

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