Law enforcement educates teen drivers on dangers

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As school lets out for the summer, law enforcement is stressing the importance of educating inexperienced teen drivers.

The time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.

In 2011, Tracey O’Carroll lost her daughter.

“My daughter, Sarah Edwards, was 18, and she passed away in the middle of reading a text message,” said Edwards.

For the past 7 years, Tracey O’Carroll has been traveling the country sharing her daughter’s story and educating both parents and teens on the risks of unsafe driving.

“That text message is not worth your life or anyone else’s,” she said. “It took my daughter’s life: a simple text message.”

Dozens of teens and parents gathered Wednesday in Greenville to hear Tracey O’Carrol’s message and to participate in the Ford Driving Skills for Life Parent Academy.
     
Participants took part in several activities to not only understand the risks of texting and driving but also drunk driving.

Teens suited up in “drunk suits” to learn more about hearing and vision impairments when intoxicated behind the wheel.

Teens also took part in driving golf carts with fatal vision goggles and a seat belt convincer.

Parents got an opportunity to look at new features installed in vehicles to control their kids’ cellphone activity behind the wheel.

The purpose of program isn’t to scare teen drivers but to educate them.

Tracey O’Carroll’s youngest daughter, Catherine O’Carroll, said its important educate people young before an accident can scar their life forever.

“I went and got my license today, and I don’t want to drive today,” said Catherine O’Carroll. “I don’t want to drive ever. I don’t like it. It scares me.”

More than 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days.”

For more information on the program click here.
     

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