Indian Lake High School students are getting intense instruction on vehicle and driving safety ahead of prom and graduation season.
AAA Ohio Auto Club representatives performed vehicle safety inspections on more than 50 student automobiles in the ILHS student parking lot May 2. They checked for proper tire pressure and fluid levels, the condition of hoses and belts, working lights and blinkers, along with battery life and operational seat belts. Each student got a checklist to remind them to do their own inspections often and address areas of concern, if any were detected.
In addition, AAA held a driving safety and distracted driving assembly for the entire ILHS student body.
AAA Traffic Safety Program Manager Kellie O’Riordan told students that car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens in the United States.
Ohio Department of Transportation statistics indicate distractions like texting, blaring music and too many people in a vehicle far outweigh any other reason for wrecks.
“In the rural areas, a lot of kids are used to where they’re going to go on a daily basis, whether that’s school, work, practice, anywhere that they would typically drive.” O’Riordan says, “They tend to pick up that phone or have a distraction come into play because they assume that they know the route and it’s muscle memory, so they can get little lazier.”
O’Riordan pleaded with students to put down their phone and put on their seatbelt every time they operate a vehicle. She pointed out that half the people who die in car crashes would be alive if they had just buckled up.
“We want to make sure you realize even if you’re the driver and your seat belt is on, anybody else without their seat belt on is a missile in the car if you crash. So any of you who might leave your seatbelt off because it might mess up your prom dress, please put that belt on!”
Finally, O’Riordan also urged them to talk to their parents and other young adults about the same behaviors.
The Indian Lake High School Prom is this Saturday. Graduation ceremonies are set for Sunday, May 21.
The AAA Vehicle Safety Inspections and assembly were sponsored by ILHS Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.