MI Auto groups AAA and Office of Highway Safety Planning worked together with the Michigan State Police and the Detroit Tigers to help teens drive safer.
Online PR News – 04-June-2010 – – DEARBORN, M.I. – MI Auto Times believes in safe driving practices for everyone and we applaud any effort made to encourage drivers into using safe driving techniques. That’s why we’re glad to know our newest drivers, Michigan teens, were the subject of a recent collaboration between AAA, Michigan State Police, the Office of Highway Safety Planning and the Detroit Tigers.
According to a press release issued by AAA Michigan, car crashes cause more daily teenage deaths than cancer, suicide and homicide combined. All the groups participating in the “Teen Driving Safety Weekend” promote safety messages for all drivers, but for Michigan teens in particular, they wanted to relay these top three safety messages: pay attention while driving, buckle up and avoid alcohol.
The event was timed to occur prior to the weekend of the Memorial Day holiday. AAA Michigan projected 1.1 million Michigan residents would travel during the weekend, with 86 percent traveling by automobile, the press release stated.
Two driving simulators were temporarily installed at the ball prior to the 7:05 p.m. game start on Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29, to help teens assess their driving skills.
“We take the safety of our fans very seriously, and we’re proud to partner with AAA to encourage our teenage drivers, and all drivers, to practice safe driving,” said Ron Colangelo, Vice President, Communications, Detroit Tigers, in the press release.
Outside of the stadium, Michigan law enforcement has several safety campaigns including “Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), which takes place during summer holidays, and the Office of Highway Safety Planning’s “Click It or Ticket” safety belt mobilization.
“Seat belts are a motorist’s best defense in the event of a crash,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director, in the press release. "Buckling up reduces the risk of serious injury or death by 50 percent.”
For more information, visit www.AAA.com.
Have you witnessed unsafe teen driving habits? What annoys you the most? Or what advice do you have for our Michigan teen drivers?