A smell of popcorn, the tapping tone of teens tweeting, crowd chants orchestrated by cheerleaders, marching band pep-music and parent chatter fills the air as the sun sets and the dim field lights gradually illuminate our gridiron heroes helmets... it's Friday Night High School Football. There's very few events in life where people of all walks of life; young and old, athlete and musician, artist and cheerleader, blue collar and white collar worker, can come together, leave all their worries aside, and in total unity, show support for students.
Together we can reinvigorate our mission to our young people. Lets put the "Lights" on teen driving as well. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. In 2010, seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. It's not necessarily bad, improper and/or drug related driving incidents; it's inexperience and lack of proper preparation that puts our teens at risk. Sadly, I've attended funerals of former students and players that died in automobile accidents and wondered what can I do? How can I be more proactive?
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.
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1. Share your School Spirit. Use instagram (and twitter) to participate in the Local 4 Friday Football Frenzy. Simply take a picture of your "school spirit" then use @FordDSFL and the hash-tag #drivingschoolspirit to send it out. The Ford Motor Company and the Detroit Local 4 have teamed up to promote this cause... your photo could be the winner?
2. Share this blog post with your friends, classmates, neighbors, family and school officials through email, instagram, facebook or twitter to get the word out about Teen Driving Safety.
3. Talk-it-up and Tweet-it-out; use the hash-tag #drivingschoolspirit and the account @FordDSFL to spread the word about teen driving awareness and education.
4. Visit and use the Ford Driving Skills for Life website. There are FREE resources for parents, educators and students. Watch the FREE video lessons on driving safety (regardless of your age these will help ALL drivers).
5. Contact your local school Athletic Director, School Board member and/or Administrator and see if they will commit to to this initiative led by Ford Motor Company to further educate our teen drivers on safety. It could be something as simple as an announcement at the Friday Night Football game or as complex as utilizing the already created curriculum within the school day.
Together we can all help to educate each other about driving safety. No one is too young or too old to learn. Sometimes it's something as little as a refresher-course about automobile usage that will save a life. Let's make Friday Night High School Football under the "Lights" truly a game changer in our lives.
Ford Driving Skills For Life
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Teen Driving Stat Sheet 2010
Williams, Dr. Allan. Teenage Driver Fatalities by State: 2012 Preliminary Data. GHSA (Governors Highway Safety Association).
Local 4 Friday Football Frenzy
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