July 1, 2016

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AAA talks driving safety to high school freshmen

MEDINA — Car crashes remain a leading cause of death for teenagers, and with summer coming up, AAA will present safe driving practices to health classes at Medina High School.

The organization was in health classes Thursday and will continue its presentation today to all freshmen at the school.

Discussions will focus on the dangers of road rage and impaired driving.

Students will watch a video and then have the opportunity to experience how alcohol can impact a driver through the use of special impairment goggles.

According to crash data, more teen driver fatalities occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other time of the year.

Last year, more than 2,600 14- to 18- year-olds were injured and 22 died between these dates on Ohio roads, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety crash statistics. Many of those injured were passengers or pedestrians.

This is the second time this school year AAA has addressed Medina health classes. The conducted held similar discussions in November.

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