|REP. SMIDDY REWARDS SAFE TEEN DRIVING, ATTENDS RIVERDALE IMPACT COLORING CONTEST AWARDS|
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|Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy|
|Friday, 15 February 2013 13:34|
PORT BYRON, IL—State Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) handed out awards on Tuesday for Riverdale Impact, an organization sponsored by Riverdale Crime Stoppers to promote teenage safe driving.
“Programs that warn against distracted driving—especially for our teen drivers—are vital to lowering automobile accidents and fatalities here in Illinois,” said Smiddy, “This program is a great way to get students to start thinking about how to be a positive influence in their communities.”
Students participated in a coloring contest to raise awareness of dangerous driving habits as part of a peer-to-peer program that trains teens to be advocates for safe driving. According to Riverdale Impact, motor vehicle-related injuries are the leading cause of accidental death for young people aged 1 to 34.
Operation Safe Teen Driving, a program designed to help teens learn about driver safety and encourage teens to be proactive to prevent dangerous driving habits, awarded a $2,000 grant to Riverdale Impact to implement the program.
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