Safe driving program renewed for second year

August 15, 2008 2:54:18 PM PDT
The second year of a program aimed at keeping teens safe behind the wheel kicked off Friday in Chicago. Students tested their driving skills at Curie High School, 4959 S. Archer. It's one of 104 schools that took part in the first year of Operation Teen Safe Driving.

The program gets young people involved in teaching safe driving skills to their peers. State officials believe the program contributed to a big drop in the number of teen highway fatalities.

"The worst thing that can possibly happen is for a child to graduate high school and to have the last page of their yearbook to be a dedication page to the student who didn't make it because they were involved in an accident," said Clayton Harris, IDOT chief-of-staff.

Teen driving fatalities in the first six months of 2008 dropped by 52 percent over the same period last year.


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