Summer is considered the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. The Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition hosted a three-day leadership academy at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg to bring teen student leaders together to tackle the issue of safe driving and to drive down fatalities. 30 students were selected from around the state and will carry the safe driving message and program back to their schools for peer education.
Teens learned about traffic safety and crash injury and trauma science from Dr. Patricia Byers, from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and emergency responders. The students also conducted a roadway safety audit and addressed pedestrian issues. Key messages were buckle up, don’t drink and drive, and never text and drive.
Other presentations included the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s Drive with Care presentation, AT&T’s program, “It Can Wait” on anti-texting and driving, Street Smart program, and how to talk to media and government leaders. All Children’s Hospital gave the group a tour of the trauma unit and hospital. A Tampa television station came out and interviewed students for a segment on the evening news.
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