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October 22, 2013

Students learn dangers of distracted driving

MONTGOMERY — Students at Barr-Reeve Middle/High School had the opportunity to attend Celebrate My Drive, a safe driving event hosted by the school’s Students Against Dangerous Decisions (SADD) Club and State Farm Insurance.

Local State Farm Insurance agent Malcolm Dubbs and SADD Club sponsor Kim Fields helped organize the event. Boyd Grain, and Gary Allison of the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department also took part in the event.

SADD originated as a branch of Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, originally promoting a drinking and driving prevention and has since expanded to include a host of things such as peer pressure, drug use, teen suicide and violence among other things. The group is also currently at the state level trying to educate young people about the importance of wearing a seat belt.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, safety belts have been identify as the most effective strategy in preventing deaths and minimizing injuries. In 2012, less than one-third of young Indiana drivers, ages 15 to 20, were killed in crashes were restrained.

“The goal is to draw attention to teen driving practices,” said Fields. “We want to remind our students that following sound judgement and traffic laws is very important to their safety and that of others.”

The event, which took place in the school parking lot, allowed students the chance to participate in a variety of activities that were divided up into stations.

Students first put on their “seat belts” made of brightly colored duct tape. “The seat belts are to remind students of the importance of this simple and quick way to help save lives,” said Fields.

A semi truck was placed on the school parking lot with vehicles parked in front and behind so students could see what a semi driver is able to see in front, beside and behind them.

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