About 75 teen drivers, ages 14 to 18, participated in today’s Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) event at Gambucci Arena in Grand Forks. The event is a free, hands-on traffic safety program for new drivers and provides participants a chance to be involved in multiple traffic safety activities such as:
A ride and drive exercise targeting distracted driving; learning how to back up a trailer; and blind spot training.
Interactive learning experiences with many different types of simulators such as virtual reality goggles showing the importance of buckling up; a seatbelt convincer; a battery-powered vehicle simulating the effects of impaired and distracted driving; an activity mat focusing on distracted driving and much more.
“Teens were able to experience hazardous driving situations in a safe and controlled environment. Wearing impaired driving goggles, texting while driving and seatbelt convincers opened their eyes to the tragedies that could occur when driving isn’t taken seriously,” stated Ashlee Doan, Safety Public Information Specialist with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT). “It is not just your life you are putting at risk when you make poor decisions while driving, you are jeopardizing the lives of others as well.”
The purpose of this safety event is to teach newly licensed drivers the necessary skills for safer driving and the importance of making good decisions while driving.
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in America. Last year in North Dakota, one teen driver crash occurred every three hours. North Dakota traffic safety partners recognize the importance of educating teen drivers on how to improve their driving skills and brought the Ford DSFL safety event to Grand Forks.
The North Dakota Ford DSFL event held in Grand Forks is in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Alive at 25 – ND Safety Council, Lithia Ford, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Forks Police Department, University of North Dakota Police Department, Grand Forks Park District, Altru Health System, AAA North Dakota, North Dakota Park & Rec, U-Haul, Britton Transport, Rydell’s and Southwestern Safe Communities Coalition.