Dearborn News

    Young Drivers/Summertime Traffic Issues

    With warm weather and the high school graduation and celebration season upon us, the Dearborn Police Department would like to remind young drivers and their parents to be aware of their responsibilities on the road.

    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, killing between 5,000 and 6,000 children and young adults every year.

    Police officers across the country are aware that during this time of the year it is likely they will be called on to investigate a fatal or critical crash involving a young and inexperienced driver. Many of these crashes are avoidable if our young drivers can be convinced to use common sense and good judgment while driving. As all parents know, this is often easier said than done. One has only to scan the local newspapers for tragic stories from our local communities of young people who lost their lives due to avoidable traffic crashes.

    In order to emphasize the importance of making good decisions behind the wheel, and driving without distraction, the Dearborn Police Department hosted a media event on Tuesday May 15th at 10:30am in Club Room #1 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Avenue, just east of the Dearborn Police Department. Representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, AAA Michigan, Ford Motor Company’s “Driving Skills For Life” program, local high schools and others have been attended the event.
    It is our hope that we can help encourage safe, mature and responsible teen, or “S.M.A.R.T.” drivers.

    Media contact: Sgt. Alan Leveille (313) 943-2246

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