HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The national organization noted that a study in 2013 documented that 2,163 teens in the United States between the ages 16 and 19 were killed and 243,243 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. This translated to six teens dying every day from motor vehicle injuries.
"Unfortunately, Oahu and all of our other islands are not immune from teen motor vehicle crashes," said Jan Meeker, resource teacher for the Hawaii State Driver Education Program. "The good news is that teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable."
The "Operation Driver Excellence" event is expected to attract hundreds of participants -- both students and parents – representing schools across the island. The event is at Aloha Stadium on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 7 a.m. and running through noon.
In addition to a driving skills course and collision avoidance course, the half-day event will include a distracted driving course to address the numerous distractions for teens face today.
"Text messaging, taking phone calls while driving, even when hands free, and scrolling through emails are commonplace behaviors among drivers today. The demands of our hectic lifestyle constantly compete for our attention and lead us to multi-task as a way of life," said Jim Yates, Par Hawaii president, whose organization oversees the statewide network of Tesoro and 76-branded retail stations. "Through the Operation Driver Excellence program, we want to stress that crashes involving handheld electronic mobile devices while driving are preventable. No one wants to lose a son, daughter or friend."
For more information or to register call (808) 305-9773.