|Safe Teen Driver’s TRACK teaches them to avoid distracted driving and more
Final TRACK Program for 2012.
When: Sunday, November18, 2012
Where: AndersenRacePark Palmetto,Florida
Time: 9:30am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Free. (Lunch provided by Lee Roy Selmons)
SafeTeen Driver Contact: BruceMurakami (727) 420-7937
or visit www.safeteendriver.org
Manatee County has had many tragedies and losses due to traffic accidents. Somehow, the holidays, Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year’s, can be particularly catastrophic.School is out, curfews are extended and young drivers can feel particularly invincible. Teenagers are challenged every day by the temptations of texting, talking on their cell phones, or responding to a text message.
A 2009 study for the government by the Pew Research Center reported that 34percent of teens ages 16 and 17 have texted while driving and more than half ( 52 percent) have used their cell phones 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 hadused a cell phone in a way that put them in danger.
“They have no idea how seriously their drivingis compromised if they try to talk on their cell phone. It takes a split secondto answer a cell phone or read a text. In that split second lives can be, and have been, altered forever and in some cases, ended. Most adults have this sameissue, and they’ve had years of driving experience compared to teens,” notes Bruce Murakami, founder of Safe Teen Driver and TRACK.
One of the misperceptions about TRACK is the minimum age or driving licenserequirements. The minimum age is 14 and no license is required. At a youngerage, they are less likely to have developed unsafe driving habits. The earlier they attend the TRACK program the betterit 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 thatcould save their lives. All programs within TRACK are taught by driver’seducation teachers, law enforcement and people who’ve lost loved ones to a carwreck involving a teenage driver.
Thenext TRACK is offered is Sunday, November 18th 2012. To learn moreor for an interview with Bruce Murakami, please contact Bruce at 727-420-7937or Bmurakami@aol.com .
Photoops and interviews with kids and parents as well as our staff on Sunday, November18 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 teens and their parents.
Thisis the last TRACK for 2012. TRACK will resume in February 2013.