From Magistrate Laura Restivo: National Teen Driver Safety Week Brings Opportunity for an Eye Opener

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5 to Drive school flyer

On behalf of Administrative Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon, and in support of National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 19-23, the Lucas County Juvenile Court is pleased to announce joining with the NHTSA and Safety Council of Northwest Ohio by hosting a Distracted Driver Simulator which will be open to the public during normal business hours.

We would like to invite your students, staff and their families to come to the Juvenile Court to take part in this opportunity to “drive” in a distracted driver simulator.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. teens 15 to 19 years old.

In 2013, 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) passenger vehicle drivers were involved in fatal crashes.

The NHTSA’s “5 to Drive” campaign addresses the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors of teen drivers and provides tips for parents to discuss safe driving rules with their teens.

The “5 to Drive” Rules for Parents to Share with Their Teens Are:

  1. No Drinking and Driving.

Set a good example by not driving after drinking. Remind your teen that drinking before the

age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix no matter your age.

  1. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back.

Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time you’re in the car, your teen is more

likely to follow suit. Remind your teen that it’s important to buckle up on every trip, no matter how far or how fast.

  1. Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.

Remind your teen about the dangers of texting or dialing while driving, and that the phone is off-limits when they are on the road. It’s equally important to model safe driving habits for your teen—you shouldn’t text and drive either.

  1. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You.

Drive the speed limit and require your teen to do the same. Explain that every time your speed doubles, your stopping distance quadruples.

  1. No More Than One Passenger at Any Time.

With each passenger in the vehicle, your teen’s risk of a fatal crash goes up.

For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and the “5 to Drive” campaign, please visit www.safercar.gov/parents.

Location: Lucas County Juvenile Court, 1801 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH

Distracted Driver Simulator Hours:  Monday – Thursday 9 – 4; Friday 7-3.

The Distracted Driver Simulator is free and takes about an hour to complete. Anyone is welcome to come drive the simulator!  Also, any kids who have been court ordered to complete traffic diversion may do the simulator instead of the diversion class.

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