Program focuses on safe driving

Staff report


The Ohio State Highway Patrol has partnered with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to roll out a new teen-driver safety program, You Are In Control.

The program — which debuted last month at the OHSAA Charity Game at Cleveland Browns Stadium — focuses on helping teen drivers understand the responsibility, awareness and safety aspects associated with driving.

Teen drivers remain Ohio’s most at-risk group when it comes to becoming involved in a traffic crash. In 2011, 161 young-adult drivers between age 16 and 20, were involved in fatal traffic crashes on Ohio’s roadways. This is compared with 160 fatal crashes in 2010 and 177 in 2009.

The patrol plans to connect to Ohio teens though the use of a You Are In Control Facebook page. Teens can visit and tell their stories regarding teen-driver safety.

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