Teens in the Driver Seat Summit!
Teens, teachers and safety professionals gathered for the Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) Summit to spread awareness about teen driving dangers in San Antonio, Texas, in May. The two-day event included presentations, interactive exhibits and an awards luncheon to recognize top performing TDS schools.
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Nearly 150 attendees from all over Texas began the conference by listening to State Representative Justin Rodriguez. Rep. Rodriguez recognized teens for assuming a leadership role and making the roadways safer for all travelers.
Breakout sessions included:
- Who, What, Where, Why, How? of Teens in the Driver Seat
Teen Advisory Board students from Jefferson/Silva High School, Creekview High School, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts, Chisum High School, Brandeis High School and Bronte High School
- Cinema Drive 3-D Safe Driving Experience
- Nickel from Nicole
- R.O.L.L. (Respect, Overcome, Lead, Live)
- Teens in the Driver Seat Updates and Future Direction
Russell Henk, P.E., Director, Teens in the Driver Seat
- Not So Fast, A Helpful Teen Driving Safety Guidebook for Parents and Teens
- Distracted Driving, Why is it so Dangerous?
Christine Yager, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
- Commercial Vehicle Issues: Big Rig “No Zones”
Barry Detlefsen, Coastal Transport Company, Inc.
- Operation Live Savers
Buck Russel, Union Pacific Railroad
Interactive exhibits showcased the dangers associated with teen driving. The Big Rig Show Truck taught teens about the “no zones” when it comes to driving around 18-wheelers; the driving simulator demonstrated the effects of driving while distracted; and fatal vision goggles illustrated the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Kate Huddleston, chief of staff from State Representative Tom Craddick’s office spoke to awards luncheon attendees about distracted driving bills that are expected in the upcoming legislative session.
Planning is underway for the 2015 Teens in the Driver Seat Summit.