CIRCLEVILLE — A national speaker from Impact Teen Drivers will present a parent/teen workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Circleville High School auditorium designed to educate the community on teen driving safety.
The event will highlight what parents of teen drivers need to know about graduated licensing laws in Ohio, as well as what teens and parents need to know about Ohio texting and driving laws.
The highlight of the event will be a presentation by Martha Tessmer, whose son Donovan was a high school football star that was being recruited by many colleges, including major institutions here in Ohio.
Donovan’s dreams were cut short in 2007 when he and his girlfriend, along with three other friends, were involved in a crash that caused his death. Tessmer is a supporter of Impact Teen Drivers and is promoting safety to all teens in the hope that their families will not endure the pain of the loss of someone they love.
The state of Ohio passed new laws on texting and driving more than a year ago that prohibits teens from using any type of electronic device while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one reason for deaths in teens and young adults, and distracted driving is a major contributor to these types of crashes.
“We in Pickaway County have been so fortunate to have had many opportunities to host events such as this, and to give parents and teens the chance to learn more about what they can do to improve their safety while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, as well as protecting the lives of those passengers who ride with them,” said Teresa C. Carper, director for Safe Communities of Pickaway County. “The event is free, and we hope that parents and students will take this opportunity to learn more about the responsibility of being a driver of a motor vehicle.”
The event is sponsored by the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and Circleville High School. Funding for this project is made available through grants by the US Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Door prizes and give-aways also will be part of the event.
“We hope that parents and teens will join us for this very important event,” said Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff. “One of the worst things a law enforcement officer must do in his/her career is to inform a parent of the loss of their child in a motor vehicle crash. We are committed to do all we can to prevent these types of tragedies in our community.”
All members of the community are welcome to attend.
120 Watt St.
Circleville, OH 43113