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Don’t Drive Stupid

Thursday, October 18, 2012
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Teen Safe Driving Week – Oct. 14-20

Leader Staff

The Bear River Health Department, in partnership with The Utah Highway Patrol, Zero Fatalities Campaign and local Box Elder County high schools, will participate in the sixth annual National Teen Safe Driving Week, Oct.14-20.

“A teen driver crash occurs every 35 minutes in the state of Utah.  This is an alarming statistic,” said Marisa Erickson, health educator for the Bear River Health Department. “The good news is there are things teens can do to reduce their risk for a crash including putting the cell phone away while driving and never driving impaired or drowsy.”

Box Elder High School and Bear River High School are making safe driving a priority by participating in the Don’t Drive Stupid Campaign sponsored by Zero Fatalities. This campaign will run through the entire school year with monthly activities on campus that will focus on five driving behaviors that can cause crashes and physical harm. Included are drowsy driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving and not buckling up.

Students are responsible for planning and implementing the activities at their school. Trevor Naumann, a FBLA club officer at Box Elder High School said, “I am excited to promote safe driving at Box Elder High School. It is an important issue for teens”.

Parents play an important role in teen safe driving. Setting a good example and having expectations that are shared with teens is a critical part of safe driving.

For more information on teen safe driving, visit www.dontdrivestupid.com.

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