Why are you involved in Teens in the Driver Seat?
I am involved in TDS because I feel that the program has a lot of beneficial projects for teens my age to learn from. Not to mention it’s student planned and presented which makes it different from other programs and more effective. Most importantly it hits home… A friend of mine passed away in a car accident and I feel with this program we can prevent these accidents from occurring.
What is the coolest thing about Teens in the Driver Seat?
I would have to say the coolest thing about Teens in the Driver Seat is that it’s peer driven. Students tend to listen to what we have to say since we’re close in age. We understand each other better than if an adult where to initiate it instead.
How did you get involved with Teens in the Driver Seat?
I became the DASH (drug, alcohol, safety, and health) Chairman of IHS student council and after I started, Teens in the Drivers Seat was adopted to our campus as well as my committee.
What are you doing to help save lives?
I am initiating the program on my campus so students can learn and be more informed about thinking twice before making poor decisions when driving, which can potentially saves their lives.
What is your school doing to help save lives?
Our school council has set up several presentations with guest speakers from the TDS program and the Texas Transportation Institute of El Paso as well as the police department to reach out to our student drivers to drive safely. These presentations open their eyes to the truth and change people’s perspectives on driving recklessly which saves lives.
Why should other schools join the Teens in the Driver Seat program?
All schools should adopt the TDS program to their school to help inform their students of all the statistics of the truthful effects of unsafe driving. This program can prevent deaths on their campus from car accidents. The more knowledgeable the students become, the more cautious they will be the next time they get behind the wheel.
If you could change one thing about the way your friends drive, what would it be?
I would love to change the attitude my friends have while driving. The fact that they think they are invincible when they clearly aren’t, or their mindset that a horizontal piece of material can’t save their life when seat belts really do! Along with many other misconceptions they may have from being oblivious of the facts.