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Frank Ferry: Teen Driving Safety Fair

Live from City Hall

Posted: October 15, 2009 6:41 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Did you know traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers across the United States?

Drivers aged 16- to 19-years-old have the highest average annual crash and traffic violation rates of any other age group, which means teenage drivers risk more than their own lives when they drive recklessly.

To deal with this issue head-on, the city of Santa Clarita and the Automobile Club of Southern California invite residents to attend the 2009 Teen Driving Safety Fair.

The event, held in recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week, will take place Saturday at Central Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At the event, parent and teen attendees will enjoy the opportunity to learn valuable information and gather important resources to practice more conscientious driving habits on city streets. The Automobile Club of Southern California will also offer free Carl’s Jr. meals to the first 500 guests at the event.

The Teen Driving Safety Fair is free and open to the public, and will include a host of activities, presentations and resources to help keep local teen drivers and other community members safe on the road.

Numerous safety demonstrations will be featured, including custom car fittings designed to show parents and teens proper safety belt, foot pedal, mirror and seat height adjustment to ensure that drivers fit properly into their vehicle.

Interactive driving activities and games will also be offered, such as under-the-hood maintenance demonstrations, a rock-climbing wall that demonstrates a drop similar to a 20-mph car crash and more.  

Through these comprehensive demonstrations and available information, the Auto Club and Teen Driving Safety Fair seek to illuminate the dangerous ripple effect of irresponsible and reckless driving and encourage community teens to educate themselves and practice safer habits behind the wheel.

The Teen Driving Safety Fair is made possible by the city of Santa Clarita, the Automobile Club of Southern California, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the Blue Ribbon Task Force.

Numerous other agencies and organizations that seek to teach and enforce safe driving habits among teens will also be in attendance at the event, including the Auto Club Driving School, Sheriff’s Station, Los Angeles County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Safe Rides, Department of Motor Vehicles, California Department of Insurance, Safe Moves and more.

Thanks to attending organizations, teen and parent guests at the Teen Driving Safety Fair will learn vital information about teen driver topics, including licensing requirements, teen crash risks, California’s graduated driver licensing law ­— which has been updated and enhanced since it went into law 10 years ago — and more.

I would like to personally invite community teens and parents to come out to the 2009 Teen Driving Safety Fair and take advantage of the countless potentially life-saving tips it offers to local residents.

Together as a community, along with participating businesses and organizations, we can work to make Santa Clarita streets safer for drivers of every age.

Frank Ferry is mayor of Santa Clarita. His column reflects his own opinions and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall” appears Fridays in The Signal.


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