YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers students are getting a refresher course in driver’s safety.
Grand Prix New York recently teamed up with SurvivetheDrive, a teen driver’s safety program, to give more than 400 Yonkers students a lesson in DWO – driving while oblivious.
For three days in April, race car driving and safety instructor Bob Green gave newly or soon-to-be licensed teens at Gorton and Yonkers Middle/High School examples of why it was important to learn safe driving habits at an early age.
Though PowerPoint slide shows and graphic demonstrations about what really happens during a crash, Green presented students with the devastating effects inattentive driving can have.
Ninety-three percent of accidents happen while drivers are distracted by texting, reading, drinking, or any number of other activities that take their attention off the road, SurvivetheDrive said.
Unfortunately, driver training and DMV driver testing results have been shown to have little deterrent effect on these crash rates, they report.
“We want young drivers to understand that with the freedom and enjoyment of driving also comes a tremendous amount of responsibility,” said Grand Prix New York Vice President Nat Mundy. “Our partnership with SurvivetheDrive helps the message get to more kids, and hopefully saves lives.”
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