National Teen Driver Safety Week continues

SUNBURY — As National Teen Driver Safety Week is drawing to a close, sponsors hope the message echoes throughout the year. The Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association supports the imitative.

Shamokin Dam Mayor Joe McGranaghan explained why a week was set aside for safe teen driving. “Following a national survey on the teen driving environment conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Company in 2007.”

” Congress designated the third week of October as National Teen Driver Safety Week. The researchers concluded that teenagers do not realize the risks of certain distractions and behaviors while driving and their association with an increased likelihood of motor vehicle accidents.”

Fellow mayor Jim Nowalk of Whitehall, Pennsylvania said it is one of the most important initiatives mayors can support. “The number one cause of deaths among teenagers is motor vehicle accidents. All education is useless unless a child lives. I don’t think there is anything more tragic than young people losing their lives in automobile accidents, that are preventable with education.”

National Teen Driver Safety week is designed to raise awareness about the risks of driving and educate young drivers on the importance of safe and focused driving. You can find more information and tips at www.nhtsa.gov/Teen-Drivers. McGranaghan and Nowalk were guests on WKOK’s On The Mark program Tuesday. You can download that program at WKOK.com. (Codi Jade)

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