Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council last Wednesday hosted its first Forum to Keep Teen Drivers Alive with community representatives from law enforcement and education in the Chicagoland area. More than 50 participants gathered to learn about the top killer of teens – traffic crashes – and how changing teen driver attitudes and behaviors can help reverse this trend. Panelists from law enforcement, high schools and a community college shared how they are working to bring the Council’s nationally recognized Alive at 25 defensive driving course to teens in their communities.
Participants in the panel discussion included:
- Jeff Jerdee, Director of Education to Careers and Technology Education Services, Robotics and Drivers Education, Township High School District 214,
Arlington Heights, IL
- Peggy Miller, Director of Judicial Services, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
- Jim Nolan, Dean of Students, Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein, IL
- Thomas Sheahan, Chief of Police, Oak Brook Police Department, Oak Brook, IL
Attendees also heard from the founders of the Brandon and Paul Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by two Colorado families forever changed by the deaths of their young sons in a motor vehicle crash. Their tragic story relays the hurt that more than 20 families feel each day when teens are killed in motor vehicle crashes.
The forum concluded with a brief demonstration of the Council’s Alive at 25 course, giving attendees a glimpse of how the program can engage teens.
“The interest in this first teen driving forum reflects the need for effective teen driver training,” said John Kennedy, group vice president for programs and education at the National Safety Council. “The Alive at 25 course goes beyond the rules of the road by sharing the importance of making good decisions behind the wheel and the consequences poor choices can have on families and friends. Due to the success of this first forum, we look forward to hosting more across the country.”
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.