A driver’s license brings new joy and freedom, but for teens nationwide the first year behind the wheel can be deadly too. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among U.S. teenagers. To better educate young drivers about being responsible and safety-conscious, Beaumont Health System’s Safety City U.S.A. and State Farm are hosting “Celebrate My Drive” on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northwood Shopping Center in Royal Oak.
Safety City U.S.A., created by Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, is inviting area teens, ages 14-19, to attend the one-day awareness event. There is no fee to attend, however all participants are asked to sign-in on Saturday at Safety City U.S.A. in the Northwood Shopping Center, 30955 N. Woodward Ave.
Says Erica Surman, R.N, pediatric trauma program manager, Beaumont Children’s Hospital and Safety City U.S.A., “Getting a driver’s license gives teen’s greater independence, but with that privilege comes increased responsibility. We’re pleased to offer State Farm’s nationwide “Celebrate My Drive” program. We’ll have a driving simulator on site to offer teens a hands-on experience that demonstrates how texting and driving or driving under the influence of alcohol can have deadly results. We also have plenty of activities planned outside in the parking lot.”
The event will feature:
• Virtual driving stations
• Golf carts with beer goggles
• Crash vehicle
• Semi-truck blind spot demonstration
• Light refreshments