Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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Summer means freedom for many teens. Freedom from school, freedom from homework and freedom to spend more time behind the wheel of a car.

As a school administrator, I know that summertime freedom can often lead to trouble and tragedy—in the form of car accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among 15-to-20-year-olds in the U.S., with over 5,000 teens dying in car accidents every year and another 400,000 injured. June, July and August are the three deadliest months for teen car accidents, due in large part to the extra time that teens spend in cars during the summer.

While there’s a reason for every accident, many experts and organizations suspect a large percentage of accidents are caused by lack of proper driver training, and statistics support that theory. According to driving instructors at The Mid-Ohio School, the average 16-year-old driver has had only 50 hours of driver coaching, yet the average 16-year-old soccer player has had 1500 hours of coaching.

That’s why Springboro High School is happy to host KeyBank’s Key to Safe Teen Driving on June 22. This program is aimed at improving the driving skills of teen drivers and raising awareness about the need for better training of young drivers. The Springboro event is one of 14 that Key is sponsoring this summer, and it uses instructors from The Mid-Ohio School to teach teens driving skills that are not taught in normal driver’s education programs.

This free program is open to any teen with a valid driver’s permit or license. For details and registration information, visit .

And when it comes to teens and driving, please take the time to teach your children well.

Dr. Ronald Malone
Principal, Springboro High School

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