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Blago & FoMoCo Attack Teen Driving Deaths

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Blago & FoMoCo Attack Teen Driving Deaths

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
November 14, 2007


Look on www.illinois.gov for the announcement that Illinois government is moving into the attack mode on teen driving deaths.

"Governor Blagojevich and Ford Motor Co. launch statewide campaign to reduce teen crashes and save lives

"Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich was joined by representatives of the Ford Motor Company Fund, Secretary of State Jesse White, and other state officials today in launching a statewide effort designed to reduce teen crashes and fatalities in Illinois. The Operation Teen Safe Driving campaign is the first of its kind in the nation and gets high school students directly involved by engaging them in competition to design community-based driving safety programs targeted at their peers. "

This cannot happen soon enough. Teens and other young drivers - and their passengers - must learn that they are not "bulletproof."

Rule #1. Don't ride with a driver who is not driving with your safety in mind. If you need to get out and walk, do it!
Rule #2. Wear your seatbelt. If the car has separate shoulder and lap restraints, fasten the lap belt, too. (That design never should have made it past the design boards!)
Rule #3. Read Rules 1 & 2 again.

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