Teen Driving Assemblies
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 high schools.
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 are deadly.
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 call: (888) 287-1046
Kickapoo High School Hears About Safe Driving
- Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. delivered a message to Kickapoo High School about safe driving.
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.