The Faulkner County Coroner's Office, Arkansas Children's Hospital and Central Arkansas Infant Child Death Review team are hosting a Teen Driving Roadeo to promote safe driving skills and the school that has the highest student turnout will get a huge surprise from Survival Flight.
The event, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at Greenbrier High School, is open to all Faulkner County teens and their parents.
Faulkner County Coroner Jessica Thorn said the event aims to educate teens on the dangers of distracted driving while providing a hands-on learning experience to encourage Faulkner County teens to practice safe driving habits.
"The Teen Driving Roadeo is an event to increase knowledge and awareness of teen driving among teens, parents and their families," she said.
The Teen Driving Roadeo is in partnership with Arkansas Children's Hospital, the Central Arkansas Infant Child Death Review team and the Faulkner County Coroner's Office. Several local law enforcement agencies and other first responders will be also be onsite to form relationships with Faulkner County residents while also teaching teens safety measures to keep in mind when driving.
Topics covered at the Teen Driving Roadeo include:
The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law.
Proper and emergency vehicle maintenance.
Importance of sharing the road.
The dangers of distracted driving.
Community partners including the Greenbrier Police Department, Arkansas State Police, Greenbrier Fire Department, civic leaders and other organizations will attend the Teen Driving Roadeo "to provide education on the dangers of texting while driving, driving while intoxicated and various other potential dangers," Thorn said.
A variety of booths and other stations will be set up to allow for a hands-on learning experience for local teens to develop an understanding of how motor vehicles operate and precautions to use when driving.
Thorn said she believes teens across the county could greatly benefit from this inclusive event and encourages parents from each of the county's schools to bring their teens out Saturday.
"The Faulkner County Coroner's Office works closely with all law enforcement departments. As the county's coroner, I have seen the devastated effects on families of both texting and driving by the number of fatal crashes in our county," she said. "We hope we can bring awareness and have a positive outcome to show our local teens the importance of how to be safe and alert while driving. Together, we can make a difference and keep our roads safe and have a positive impact in our community."
The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Greenbrier High School. Booths and other activities will be located at the school's baseball field complex, which sits adjacent to the high school.
Organizers say the event is "entirely free" for teens between the ages of 14-17 years old, adding that those who visit each booth will receive a free safety kit for their vehicles. The safety kits are stocked with essentials from jumper cables, gloves and tire pressure gauges.
Thorn said she wants to remind the community that while the Teen Driving Roadeo will be held in Greenbrier, it is a county-wide event and she encourages all to participate, noting there will be a "huge surprise" for the school who has the most students participate Saturday.
For the Faulkner County high school that shows the highest student and parent turnout during the event, Survival Flight will deliver that school's game ball.
For more information on the upcoming event, contact Dawn Porter via phone at 501-364-3388 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.