|TRACK SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
Safe Teen Driver’s TRACK teaches themto avoid distracted driving and more
When: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Where: Andersen RacePark
Time: 9:30am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Free lunch provided by Lee Roy Selmon’s, Bradenton
Safe Teen DriverContact: BruceMurakami 727-420-7937
or visit www.safeteendriver.org
Friday night football games, after school activities, driving to meet a friend…These are a few of the many scenarios that put young drivers behind the wheel of a car or truck.
Can a young driver create risks for themselves and those others on the road as well? The answer is yes. One of the major reasons for this is that teens are very susceptible to distractions while driving. Texting, cell phones, and modern technology in general have created an atmosphere for teenagers to respond immediately…right now…no waiting.
“They have no idea how seriously their driving is compromised if they try to talk on their cell phone. It takes a split second to answer a cell phone or read a text. In that split second lives can be, and have been, altered forever and insome cases, ended. Most adults have this same issue, and they’ve had years of practice compared with teens,” notes BruceMurakami, founder of Safe Teen Driver and TRACK.
A2009 study for the government by the Pew Research Center reported that 34 percent of teens ages 16 and 17 have texted while driving and more than half (52 percent) have used their cellphones while driving. Just as alarming is the fact that 48 percent have been in a car with a driver who was texting, while 40 percent actually reported that they had been in a car with a driver who had used a cell phone in a way that put them in danger.
One of the misperceptions about TRACK is the minimum age. Actually the minimum age is 14 and no license is required. At a younger age, they are less likely to have developed unsafe driving habits. The earlier they attend the TRACK the better it is for them.
TRACK,one of the nonprofit Safe Teen Driver’s signature programs, gives teens 14 and older real hands-on practice driving with golf carts so they fully understand how distractions can cause traffic accidents or worse. They also drive professional go-karts on a professional go-kart track to learn other key driving skills that could save their lives. All programs within TRACK are taught by driver’s education teachers, law enforcement and people who’ve lost loved ones to a car wreck involving a teenage driver.
The next TRACK is offered is Sunday, October 14. To learn more or for an interviewwith Bruce Murakami, please contact Bruce at 727-420-7937 or email him, Bmurakami@aol.com .
Photoops and interviews with kids and parents as well as our staff on Sunday,October 14 are encouraged.
Thosewho attend and complete the one day class will be given a certificate which mayresult in a reduction in of auto insurance rates. It is a day well spent forthe kids and the parents.