NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -- Teenagers in our area are learning how to drive safely with the help of local law enforcement.
Dozens took part in a StreetSafe driving class on Saturday at Laney High School.
The program is geared toward drivers between the ages of 16 to 21.
The young drivers dealt with multiple distractions while maneuvering around a course of safety cones.
The different courses re-create real life situations of sharp curves, tail gating, and bad road conditions.
The parental tragedy of losing a child is most likely to happen in a car crash, as motor vehicle crashes kill more young people than the next four leading causes combined-- including guns, drugs, violence and health related deaths.
New Hanover County has been proven to be one of the most dangerous counties in the state when it comes to teen motor vehicle fatalities. So, 'The StreetSafe Life Saving Driving Experience,' a non-profit program, offers hands-on distracted driving sessions to area teens and their parents.
It is taught by police officers and first responders and StreetSafe is designed and developed to change the driving behaviors that cause crashes, DWI's, injuries and death of the youngest, most at-risk drivers.
The StreetSafe Life Saving Driving Experience focuses on such behaviors as speeding, distractions, following too closely, seatbelt use and the use of alcohol/drugs and driving. Teens will experience and witness losing control of a car; learn realistic stopping distance; the consequence of distractions; and simulated alcohol impairment while driving. They are also engaged in an interactive discussion session.
The next StreetSafe class is scheduled for April 27th at Hoggard High School. For more information, visit www.streetsafeus.com