Youth Advisory Council Safe Teen Driving presentations • Rushmore Region, Sturgis Community Center • October 18, 2012
Moriah Even of Keldron, SD, spread the word about safe teen driving at the Upper Missouri Student Council Regional Workshop. All told, eight of 15 Council members presented "Don't bet your life!" at six of seven regional meetings. They also distributed Safe Driving to Go kits for presentation by students from each of the schools attending.
Youth Advisory Council Safe Teen Driving presentations • Spirit Point Region, Harrisburg High School • October 2012
Nicolette Big Eagle (left), Custer High School, and Logan Pochop (right), Spearfish High School, presented the Council's Safe Teen Driving to Go workshop at the Rushmore Region Student Council workshop on October 18 in Sturgis.
Jamie Withorne, a junior at Sioux Falls Washington High School; Tristan Chasing Hawk, a junior at Harrisburg High School; and Jennifer Kline, executive director of South Dakota Voices for Children (left to right), represented Voices' Youth Advisory Council at the October 9 meeting of the Spirit Point Region Student Council. The Youth Council members presented a Safe Teen Driving workshop.
Leaders of the Spirit Point Region Student Council introduce themselves at their October 9 meeting at Harrisburg High School. Representatives of Harrisburg, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Sioux Falls Washington, Vermillion, Irene/Wakonda, Sioux Falls Christian, Yankton, Beresford and Dakota Valley high school attended.
Harrisburg High School Student Council members wait for the region meeting to begin.
Jamie Withorne and Tristan Chasing Hawk of the South Dakota Voices for Children Youth Advisory Council asked for a show of hands in answer to six questions. The correct answer to this (one of the easy ones!) was No. 3.
Every school that attended the Spirit Point Region workshop received a Safe Teen Driving to Go kit to help spread the word about driving safety among their friends and classmates.
Youth Advisory Council Workshop • State Student Council Convention • March 2012
South Dakota Youth Advisory Council members Jack Herke (left), Madison, and Kirsten Titze, Watertown, anchored the Council's "Safe Teen Driving" workshop at the 2012 South Dakota Student Council Association convention.
Voices' executive director Susan Randall (right) show Jack and Kirsten how the clicker technology works. The Council's focus on teen driving safety was prompted by the fact that South Dakota leads the nation in the number of teen deaths. The greatest number and percent of those deaths are the result of vehicle crashes ... many of which can be prevented.
Workshop participants used hand-held clickers to vote anonymously on questions relating to driving posed by the Youth Advisory Council members.
One question that drew a nearly 100 percent correct response: The safest place to be in a crash is inside the vehicle with safety belt fastened.
Question: How many hours of awake time is comparable to driving drunk? The correct answer: When you've been awake for 18 hours straight, it's similar to having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 - which is legally drunk.
According to South Dakota data for the years 2008 through 2010, the factors most often cited in crashes involving South Dakota teen drivers are speeding and failure to yield. Students at the workshop were asked to sign a safe driving pledge and received key chain reminders to "Keep your eyes on the road."