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Back in 1989, the first Mock accident was arranged prior to prom night. It was something I will never forget. Twenty four years later, these mock accidents are still being put on to prevent drinking and driving. I remember in may of 1985, I saw an accident on prom night and four of my classmates were seriously injured when a drunk driver hit the van. My class mates were all hurt and the people in the dui car were killed. It was something I wished would never happen again. Anyhow, I know the two students who started these mock accidents in 1989 and I'm glad this has become a pre prom tradition. To this day, 24 years later, they are still saving lives.
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As a parent, I love these mock accidents but I wish that we could have more behind the wheel drivers training in the area. Often kids learn and absorb more from someone other than mom and dad. When my oldest was getting his permit, I searched for drivers instructors to help in this process. I found a number for someone in Jamestown that had a "full" voicemail box and then the next closest instructor was out of Erie. Kids and people are becoming more aware of the dangers of texting but many kids are using their phones for connecting their music to the radios. This can be very distracting as well. And there are other distractions too. I love that for a motorcycle lisense there are safety courses, I'm wishing there was an option like this for cars. Accidents are one thing but when they can be avoidable...that makes things even more difficult. Kids (and adults) need to realize that just because you don't drive drunk doesn't mean you are safe, actions have consequences.
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When I was in school there was a mandaroty course in Driver's Education. They even had a student driver car. I wonder if they still have those?
Mto, if there was a student drivers car for behind the wheel training, I would not have been calling Erie. Thanks anyway, for the suggestion!
Do they still have the class? I recall that if you provided proof of passing this class some insurance companies would give a youthful driver a small discount on their premiums.
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