'StreetSafe' heads to Laney High for safe driving experience

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - 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.

If you would like to see what the program is all about, StreetSafeWe will be at E. A. Laney High School April 6 from 9:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. (check-in at 8:45 a.m.)

Space is limited and spots are said to fill quickly.

Pre registration is required and parents are required to attend the first hour.

HOW TO REGISTER:

1. Go to www.streetsafeus.com
2. Click on "Enroll Now" and then "Life Saving Driving Experience"
3. Scroll down to the "Laney High School April 6 " class
Registration fee is $30.
*Students must have some driving experience to participate*

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