A Message to Young Drivers

By: Chris Larson
By: Chris Larson

This week's accident that took the lives of two teenage sisters was a tragic reminder to classmates about the dangers that accompany driving.

Some Carson City High School students are trying to send a message to their peers, pay attention because "Every Second Counts."

Every day in the United States 15 teens die in car wrecks. It's the leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 20.

Wednesday at Carson High a school wide assembly took place to unveil a new public service video. It's called "Every Second Counts" produced by students in the advanced video production class.

One of their classmates, Kevin Peterson, now a senior, at age 14 was paralyzed from the waist down.

Kevin brought a real world message to peers who feel the invincibility of youth. His message like that of the video says to slow down, pay attention, and don't hurry.

Statistics show that most vehicle accidents involving teens are caused by inexperience, excessive speed, too many passengers or alcohol. One of the producers of this public service announcement hopes her film and Kevin's message impact their fellow students.

The Carson High PSA project was funded by a $2,000 grant from the National Youth Leadership Council and State Farm Insurance.

The program aims to promote traffic safety and driver awareness with young drivers across the country.


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