Dillman Driving School to Participate in the Florida Teen Safe Driving Leadership Academy
St. Petersburg, FL – On Sunday, June 14 through Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition will welcome 56 teens and 23 adult chaperones from 22 high schools in 15 counties across the state to its fourth Leadership Academy – a four-day training for teens who are interested in addressing the road safety issues that affect their peers. Along with effective messaging strategies, the Academy teaches teens about why their crash risk is three times higher than that of more experienced drivers and how to start teen-led programs at schools and within communities.
The Academy is sponsored by a $25,000 grant from State Farm, a grant from the FDOT Safety office, and generous donations from coalition members, such as the Always Wear Your Seatbelt Foundation. For the third year in a row, the conference center site has been donated by All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. and Florida. In 2013, 38% of teen fatalities were the result of crashes in Florida.
“Teens can be powerful advocates for their own safety,” said Danielle Branciforte, leader of the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition. “The teens that attended last year’s Leadership Academy took what they learned, implemented community programs, raised awareness within their communities and became valuable members of the Coalition’s board of directors. The teens attending this year’s Academy undoubtedly will gain the same confidence and expertise to become change agents. We’re grateful to FDOT and State Farm for helping make this happen.”
Workshops will be led by traffic safety experts, educators and representatives from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida SADD, AAA, MADD, the Dillman Driving School, and many others.
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