A tragic accident 10 years ago inspired a student group at Fieldcrest High School to bring a safe driving program to their school.
Three students from the El Paso and Minonk areas were killed in a car accident near Flanagan in February 2007. The F.O.C.U.S.E.D. group and COUNTRY Financial brought the National Save a Life Tour to the high school on Friday to teach safe driving habits.
“We have had some unfortunate, terrible events with accidents which have claimed the lives of several young people from this community,” said Jay Hurd, a COUNTRY representative in Minonk. “Raising awareness is critical when dealing with younger drivers because the number one cause of death for teenagers is traffic crashes.”
The event includes a driving simulator, education programs and presentations. One focus is distracted driving, such as texting or engaging in social media while behind the wheel. Eleven percent of young drivers in fatal crashes were distracted while driving.