Posted by Debra Worley - email
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Columbus County Sheriff's Office teamed up with East Columbus High School to present a VIP program in efforts to warn students and parents of reckless driving.
Authorities say teen drivers are being injured at an alarming rate and something needs to be done.
Monday morning, hundreds of people sat in the East Columbus High Auditorium as the Columbus County Sheriff's Office presented "VIP for a VIP", which stands for vehicle injury prevention for a very important person.
The program displayed facts and figures related to teenage fatalities, and later in the day, students went outside for a demonstration of a fatal car crash.
Officials believe with an on-going teenage driver safety program and strong parental support teenage traffic fatalities can be reduced in our community.
Authorities encouraged students complete a "VIP Contract for the Life of a VIP", which outlines safety measures the student promises to take while driving, in addition to a "zero tolerance" for drugs or alcohol.