Promoting Safe Driving Among Teens
The Uplift Foundation recently partnered with Zero Teen Fatalities to promote safe driving among teens, specifically high school students in the Clark County School District.
Uplift’s Wheel Drive Safely program serves as the conduit through which safe driving subject-matter experts can gain access to schools to conduct informative and interactive presentations about the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Officials from the Uplift Foundation and Zero Teen Fatalities, the latter of which is under the auspices of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, conducted workshops at Liberty High School in November and at Cheyenne High School in December, reaching more than 200 students.
At Liberty and Cheyenne, students heard stories about teenage driving and driving, the importance of seat belts, the risks of speeding and much more. They also got to try on Impaired Goggles, which mimic alcohol intoxication; while wearing the glasses, they were challenged to walk in a straight line (hands to their sides) or ride a bike around an obstacle course made of traffic cones. Hilarity ensued; however, the point of the exercise was no laughing matter: Drinking and driving can be deadly. Many thanks to State Farm for providing funding for this worthwhile program.