Teens get to see what happens when driving distracted in new program

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are the number one cause of death among 15-year-olds to 20-year-olds.

In light of this, a program, called Key to Safe Teen Driving, is being launched at schools throughout Ohio and Indiana. This program was started last year by KeyBank.

Students get a chance to practice emergency maneuvers and learn about the dangers of driving while distracted, like texting while driving.

"We can allow them to experience some of the real life experiences of what it's like to drive under adverse conditions," Ed Reilly, Keybank District President, "Whether it's wet breaking, over-steering, under-steering... Those types of things you can't teach in a text book."

The program is free and is open to any teen with a valid permit or license.

It will be held June 23 at Lakota East High School.

A complete list of all the schools in Ohio and Indiana are:

Cleveland, OH

  • June 15- Kenston High School
  • June 16- Lorain County Community College

Dayton, OH

  • June 22- Springboro High School

Cincinnati, OH

  • June 23- Lakota East High School

Canton, OH

  • June 29- Jackson High School

Akron, OH

  • June 30- Stow-Munroe Falls High School

South Bend, IN

  • July 13 and 14-University of Notre Dame, Joyce Center

Toledo, OH

  • July 20 and 21-Owens Community College

Indianapolis, IN

  • July 27- Avon Middle School North
  • July 28- Fishers High School

Columbus, OH

  • August 3 and 4- Ohio State University, Buckeye Lot 3

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