IKnowEverything traveled to Kentucky and Tennessee to celebrate National Teen Driver Safety Week!
How are you taking part in National Teen Driver Safety Week? Parents, are you talking with your teens about the dangers of texting while driving? Educators, are you teaching your students about the importance of a seat belt? And teens, are you engaging in safe driving initiatives?
This week we released data from our nationwide survey on today’s teen drivers. Our nationwide survey included data collected from over 2,000 students all across the country last spring. In honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week and results announced from the nationwide survey, we partnered with the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) to implement IKnowEverything programs in Tennessee and Kentucky.
We started the week off at Sycamore High School in Pleasant View, Tennessee. The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office joined us for an exciting event with inspiring speakers, including GHSA Chairman and Director of Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Kendell Poole, Cheatham County Mayor, David McCullough, Sycamore High School’s Academic Director, Daniel Newton, and Sycamore High School’s Resource Officer, Chris Gilmore. As we touched upon the data from our nationwide survey, the students were shocked to hear that 67% of teens did not understand how to safely navigate a complicated driving situation. Sycamore High School students at the event loved the challenge. Even with an early start to the day, the students were excited to test their driver safety knowledge.
At the end of the program, the Deputy Director of Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Mia Vickers, presented Sycamore High School with the Tennessee Reduce Teen Crashes Gold Award for their safe driving initiatives. In just one semester, Sycamore High School students participated in seventeen teen driver safety activities. Keep up the good work Sycamore High School!
In Louisville, Kentucky, Attorney General Jack Conway, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s Executive Director, Bill Bell, Jefferson County Public Schools’ District 7 School Board Member, Chris Brady, and Jefferson County Public School’s Assistant Superintendent, Michelle Dillard, joined us at Jeffersontown High School for our second event during National Teen Driver Safety Week! Attorney General Conway shared a personal story, which certainly caught the student’s attention, making them think twice about unsafe driving. It was great to hear Attorney General Conway share words of wisdom and continue to inspire students as a leader in Kentucky.
All of the speakers conveyed the importance of safe driving and the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving. As role models for Kentucky and Jeffersontown High School, the speakers engaged the students and reminded them that we need to keep the roads safe for all of us. The Jeffersontown High School students were thrilled to take part in the Challenge and we learned that 97% of the Jeffersontown High School students at the event knew what to do if their passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt. It looks like we had a lot of smart and safe drivers in the audience!
Thanks to Sycamore High School, Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Attorney General Jack Conway, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, and Jefferson County Public Schools for making these events possible!