The day a Missouri teen driver gets his or her driver’s license is
one of the most exciting days of the teenager’s life. The license
feels like a ticket to freedom, mobility, popularity, adventure, and adulthood.
Unfortunately, it is all too often a ticket to accidents, injuries and
fatalities. Teens are the largest percentage of drivers involved in Missouri
accidents. The statistics on teen driver accidents show that approximately
250 people lose their lives in auto accidents involving a teen driver
each year, making Missouri the 10th deadliest teen driver state. The risk
of injury to a passenger is double when a teen is driving as compared
to a non-teen driver.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens in the
United States. According to the teen driver website Operation STOP (www.OperationStop.com)
AAA says a teen is killed or injured in a Missouri car accident every 43 minutes. This is why teen driver education assemblies are so important and why
auto injury attorney Aaron Sachs has joined with the Missouri Highway
Patrol and KOLR 10 in sponsoring teen driving safety assemblies at local
Teenage Driving Statistics
A certain percentage of teenage driver accidents result from driver inexperience,
such as following too closely, overcorrecting, and inexperience with driving
on snow or ice, and braking, steering, turning and passing errors. There
is a 62% greater risk of a teenage passenger dying from a car accident
when a teenager is the driver. You may ask why? The cause of most teen
driver accidents is simply poor judgment such as speeding, driving too
fast for conditions, failing to fully stop at stop signs, running lights,
screeching around turns, drag racing, “hilltopping”, not paying
attention when behind the wheel (laughing, talking, eating, texting, talking
on cell phones), drinking and driving, doing drugs and driving –
and not wearing seatbelts. 75% of young driver fatal crashes happen on
back roads in rural parts of the Ozarks.
Texting is dangerous because it is a distraction, and takes a teens mind
off the road and takes their hands off the wheel. 50 % of teens report
that they have used cell phones and other distracting devices while driving.
Underage drinking also increases the risk of a crash. The risk of death
increases by 11 times when a driver has a blood alcohol limit above the
legal limit. As a teenager, if your friend is driving drunk or is being
dangerous behind the wheel, you should ask for the keys, call your parents,
tell your friend he or she is acting foolish, and walk away.
The purpose of the Missouri Teen Driver Education assemblies sponsored
by Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. in cooperation with KOLR, Fox and
the Missouri Highway Patrol is to educate high school students about safe
teenage driving habits, to promote safe teen driving, to give teens the
hard, cold facts about injuries and fatalities, and to try to get teens
to understand that unsafe driving behavior is NOT COOL – indeed
it is just the opposite. It is stupid and dangerous and the consequences
Teen Driving Assembly Schedule
Aaron Sachs has joined with KOLR and FOX TV in Springfield, Missouri along
with Trooper Dan Bracker from the Missouri Highway Patrol to promote Teen
Safety on the Road. Approximately six High School Assemblies are planned
for the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009. The following Missouri Safety
High School Assembly dates have been confirmed for the 2008/2009 school year.
- Sept. 10, 2008 at 10am at Hillcrest-Springfield
- October 9, 2008 at 10am at Kickapoo -Springfield
- October 22, 2008 at 10am at Central-Springfield
- December 3, 2008 at 10:30am at Nixa (Tentative)
- March 11, 2009 at 10 am at Logan-Rogersville
- March 17, 2009 at 10 am at Parkview– Springfield
To schedule a teen driving assembly at your Missouri High School, please
Missouri Teen Driver Education
Missouri teen driver education is important not just for teenagers, and
the parents and families of teenagers, but for communities as a whole.
Unsafe teen driving affects everyone, and teen driving assemblies benefit
everyone. This is why Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. feels that supporting
Missouri teen driver education for safer
teenage driving habits is an important public service. Aaron Sachs himself
volunteers as a presenter at high school assemblies for Missouri driver
education and appears in public service announcements promoting safe teen driving.
Public Service Announcements Promoting Teen Driver Safety
In addition to volunteering his time for teen driving assemblies, Aaron
Sachs is pleased to partner with KOLR 10 in providing public safety announcements
regarding teen driving. Please scroll down to view these teen driving
South East Coalition for Roadway Safety - Buckle Up!
Aaron Sachs is partnering with The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety
and is asking you to please buckle up!
Click to view this video and learn more