Simulator drives home dangers of distracted driving
Fox Chapel Area students will see first-hand how distracted driving has become an epidemic when a simulator comes to the high school in February.
“I believe it's always good to remind kids to think before they might make dangerous decision when it comes to driving,” said Erin Butkovic, science teacher and director of student activities.
The equipment, which allows students to experience the effects of distracted driving, isn't the only tool used to drive home the safety message.
Students are encouraged to enter the seventh annual “Words to be Heard” scholarship contest, where they can win up to $5,000 for pressuring their peers to pay attention while behind the wheel.
Graduating seniors can submit program ideas that would prevent classmates from drinking or texting while driving.
Sponsored by Edgar Snyder & Associates, the contest aims to drive down numbers that include 3,092 people killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2010, according to the government website distraction.com.
About 11 percent of motorists under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal crashes in 2010 were reported to be distracted. It's the largest group of drivers reported to be distracted during crashes, according to the website.
Edgar Snyder Marketing Specialist Katie Conlon said the law firm is asking students to create programs that will discourage their peers from underage drinking, drunk driving or texting while driving. Students can submit entries using options that include videos, power point presentations, brochures, websites, essays or another original approach.
The entries will be reviewed by a panel that will award a top prize of $5,000, three second-place prizes of $2,500 and three runner-up scholarships at $1,000 each.
“We designed the scholarship contest so teens would think about how they can influence their peers to prevent tragedies. It's a way to raise community support and awareness, while offering students a chance to earn a college scholarship,” Snyder said.
Since 2007, the firm has given 56 scholarships worth a total of $70,500.
At Fox Chapel Area, the contest has been available to students for three years.
“It might be easy to want to send a text while driving but it can cause much bigger problems,” Butkovic said. “Of course, no students should be drinking at all ... especially if they are going to be driving.”
The deadline to enter is March 29.
For more information on the rules, visit www.edgarsnyder.com/scholarship or call 1-800-394-3660, ext. 4412.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Portion of Aspinwall’s Riverfront Park to open to visitors
- Fox Chapel Area student’s mission: collect books so young children can enjoy reading
- Sharpsburg sidewalk fix put on hold
- Ceremony breaks ground on Lauri Ann West Community Center in O’Hara
- Garbage pickup fees on rise in Indiana Twp.
- Vendor fair in Sharpsburg to offer shoppers unique items
- Sharpsburg mural project has a home
- Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg gets into Halloween spirit