Teens Invited To Get The Facts About Good Driving For Life

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PISCATAWAY — What’s the most effective tool for reducing the number one killer of teens in New Jersey? Teens are invited to find out by attending Good Driving for Life, the first statewide Teen Safe Driving Summit, July 15, at Rutgers University’s Busch Campus Student Center in Piscataway.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition, the summit will help teens get the facts about New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program and learn how to leverage GDL so that they are building skills that ensure Good Driving for Life. GDL is a three-step process designed to help teens gain experience and build skills while minimizing those things that cause them the greatest risk — distraction caused by passengers and the use of cell phones and other devices, driving late at night, and driving or riding unbelted. Since New Jersey’s GDL program was enacted in 2001, teen driver crashes, injuries and fatalities have fallen to historic lows.

Keynoting the summit is Cara Filler, America’s Next Top Role Model ™ for making powerful and positive choices. Filler, who has wowed more than one million students in five countries through her campaign of Changing Attitudes, Saving Lives, speaks openly and honestly about the tragic death of her identical twin sister, Mairin, the day after their 18th birthday. Filler will discuss how a driver’s license fosters independence, freedom, access, and responsibility, and what teens can do to protect themselves and their friends.

The summit will also feature a series of teen-led workshops developed and facilitated by SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapter members, as well as Drive Square, an interactive behind the wheel driving simulator provided by Street Safe Driving Academy, that allows teens to experience a variety of driving scenarios including distraction. The event, which will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., will conclude with social networking and the chance to win valuable prizes including theme park tickets, gas cards and more.

Admission to the summit is free, but limited to the first 120 teens (parents and advisors are also welcome). To register, visit www.ugotbrains.com/registration. Registration closes June 22. Summit questions should be directed to New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition Leader Pam Fischer at pfischer550@comcast.net.

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