5/6/16 – 4:55 A.M.
It’s prom season, and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is reminding area teens to drive safely to their big event. The Courier reports Deputies Tim Saltzman and Matt Crouch brought the Young Individuals Educating Local Drivers, or Y.I.E.L.D. program to Van Buren Thursday. Crouch says distracted driving is a major focus of the presentation.
Saltzman told the students that people who text and drive are six times more likely to be in a crash. That’s compared to drunk driving, which makes it four times more likely you’ll be involved in a crash. The presentation talked about possible punishments for texting and driving. It also discussed teens who had been killed in distracted driving incidents.
Students also tried to pedal a car while texting at the same time.
Distracted driving wasn’t the only focus of the assembly. There was also talk about upcoming graduation ceremonies and parties. Saltzman reminded the teens they shouldn’t be drinking, but if they did they shouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car.
The program has been presented at Arcadia, Vanlue and Liberty-Benton. The next presentations will be at Cory-Rawson on May 12 and Riverdale on May 13.
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