Program to stress safe teen driving

Swanton High School, ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital and State Farm will present an educational program on teen driving today. The event at the high school will focus on reducing teen driving injuries and fatalities.

There will be a driving simulator all day and a school assembly in the afternoon.

Over 4,000 teens die each year in the U.S. due to distracted driving. In addition to these deaths, over 400,000 are injured annually due to this growing epidemic. The Lucas County Traffic Safety Program reports that traffic deaths in Ohio have increased by 20 percent in 2015.

So far this year in Lucas and Fulton counties, there have been 40 fatal crashes with 43 fatalities, which is up from 14 fatal crashes and 34 fatalities in 2014.

State Farm, ProMedica Toledo and The Maria Tiberi Foundation have teamed up to focus on the epidemic of teenage distracted driving. The coalition purchased a distracted driving simulator with $30,000 donated by State Farm & additional funds donated by the Maria Tiberi Foundation. The simulator is an interactive way to engage teens in an illustrative way how easy it is to get distracted and how dangerous the outcome can be for all on the roadways.