Drive Smart-Drive Safe

Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in the United States.  State Farm’s Project Ignition empowers teens to help address the underlying causes of teen crashes, in their own words and in their own way. Eureka High’s “Drive 2 Stay Alive”, funded by Project Ignition, is a project that educates about the problems of teen driver safety. The problems are mainly distracted driving. This includes drinking and driving, use of electronics while driving, drowsy driving and other distractions.

To continue their campaign, “Drive 2 Stay Alive” is holding a “Drive Safe-Drive Smart” event at Eureka High School’s cafeteria on February 15th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This is a free event that features experts presenting the issues around teen driver safety, tips for driving safely, the effects of distracted driving, and the requirements to get a learner’s permit and a provisional license.  There will also be free food and prizes.

“Drive 2 Stay Alive” has been a national leader school since 2008 in teen driver safety.  This year, they received a grant from State Farm’s Project Ignition for over $87,000.  The money has gone towards hosting a Teen Driving Summit, which involved students from other high schools in the community to educate about teen driver safety.  They also purchased Driving Simulators and a Seatbelt Convincer that will educate teens and adults about the effects of driving under the influence and not wearing a seatbelt.  “Drive 2 Stay Alive” will also be attending the 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Minneapolis, MN this coming April to demonstrate to other schools and service organizations this year’s progress with the project.