From McHenry County:
Regional Office of Education Launches New Effort to Educate Students About Dangers of Impaired Driving
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – A new initiative spearheaded by the McHenry County Regional Office of Education will help teach high-school students about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
Through federal Drug-Free Communities grant funding, all 14 high schools in the ROE’s jurisdiction are receiving toolkits to educate students about alcohol and drug prevention and distracted driving.
Each toolkit includes items such as “fatal vision” goggles to simulate impaired driving, games, activity mats, multimedia materials and other educational materials.
Each toolkit costs $10,000, and will be shipped directly to the high schools by the vendor, Inncorp Ltd., based in Verona, Wis.
“These kits will help our high schools proactively instill smart and safe decision-making skills in their students, particularly when it comes to impaired and distracted driving,” Regional Superintendent Diana Hartmann said.
“Integrating these resources into health classes, driver education and other programs will give students potentially life-saving understanding of the risks associated with impaired driving.”
The ROE will be partnering with the districts to offer free training and professional development
to make the most of the toolkits, Hartmann said.
Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for teenagers 15 to 18 years old, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data; in 2021, almost 20% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. Likewise, almost 10% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2021 were driving distracted.
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I took the classroom driver’s ed at Crystal Lake Community High School.
There ws a defining moment during Mr. Tibbets’s (I think that was his name) instruction.
He wrote some mathematical formula on the blackboard maybe to explain miles per hour.
This coach of some sport got it wrong and I corrected him.
“Well, it’s close,” he replied.
After that I sat in the back of the room and did something else rather than pay attention to his lectures.