CAR CRASHES ARE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH AND INJURY FOR TEENS
In the United State alone there are approximately 6,500,000 car crashes every year.
Car crashes are the number one cause of death and injuries for teens in the United States. Through FCCLA’s national peer education program, FACTS (Families Acting through Community Traffic Safety) students strive to save lives educating adults and youth about traffic safety and supporting enforcement of local rules and regulations regarding community traffic safety. This national program strives to save lives and raise awareness by means of five national FACTS Units: Think SMART, Buckle UP, Arrive Alive, Speak Up and Bridge the Gap.
Two MN FCCLA State Officers (Marissa and Sammy Jo) are part of the National Organization for Youth Safety Team for Preventing Distracted Driving. They met in September in Washington DC.
There are numerous possibilities in completing a FACTS project, some project ideas include Seat Belt Awareness Week, Distracted Driving Obstacle Course, Skills Fair for New Drivers, working with your local police department and do a presentation using goggles that simulate impaired driving or planning a parents’ night and invite kids and their parents to come and learn about traffic safety together.
Upon starting a FACTS project look for sponsors such as local police or fire department or national partners—ACT OUT Loud or NOYS. For more information concerning FACTS or ACT OUT Loud/NOYS visit www.mnfccla.org, www.actoutloud.org or www.noys.org.
MN FCCLA President-Elect