Olathe East High School on the teen driver safety frontlines with 'IKnowEverything' program
OLATHE, KS -- Today, Olathe East High School hosted the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s IKnowEverything, teen driver safety program game show for a school assembly. IKnowEverything is an integrated teen driver safety program that highlights the issues of drunk driving and distracted driving, and reiterates that parents have the most influence on their teen’s driving behaviors. The program also reinforces that teens already “know everything” about how to be a safe driver and covers critical topics including drinking alcohol underage and driving, distracted driving, late night driving, speeding, number of passengers, and license restrictions.
The assembly, which included 620 students from the 10th through 12th grades, consisted of a game show style event in which the attendees used handheld devices to answer questions about safe driving practices. The student participants’ answers are collected anonymously and will be part of a nationwide survey of teen drivers from high schools across the United States. The results will help Responsibility.org’s awareness to the gaps in new teen driver’s knowledge and how we can best address that as a community.
“As a principal, I am always looking for ways to keep the students of Olathe East High School safe,” said Dr. Bill Weber, Principal, Olathe East High School. “When The Century Council and FCCLA asked to host an IKnowEverything event on our campus I was excited and I hope that it helps them remember to pay attention one hundred percent of the time.”
“Teen driver safety is a really important issue and we are excited to carry out this nationwide survey of teen drivers,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. “The responses we received at Olathe East High School and the rest of the schools nationwide will help us to better understand the gaps in preparedness of new teen drivers in the United States and we can work to address those gaps through education in the future.”