[UPDATE] 'White Out Teen Crashes' Event Held at Leon High School [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Florida Highway Patrol; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Florida Highway Patrol; Lanetra Bennett Email

Tallahassee, FL - Paramedics say in 2011, nearly 30,000 teen drivers in Florida were involved in crashes resulting in the death of 180 teenagers.

Tuesday, first responders showed some local teens the possible severity of poor choices behind the wheel.

First responders say laying a 15-year-old out on a stretcher was the best way to get their point across to teenagers. That point was don't drink and drive, text and drive and always wear your seatbelt.

Fifteen year-old Isaac Richardson says, "The presentation was pretty gruesome. But, it also showed us the effects of wearing your seat belts and drinking and driving. I think that them showing us all the pictures, it made it more serious."

Tuesday, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles visited Leon High School in Tallahassee.

The presentations dramatized a traffic crash as viewed through the eyes of paramedics.

Fifteen year-old Sheldon Ferrell says, "It was pretty graphic. I didn't realize how bad it was to not wear your seatbelt."

First responders say a person is 25 times more likely to die if ejected from a car.

After his presentation, Scott Neusch with Florida Safety Incorporated, says, "An object in motion stays in motion. If you're that person in the back seat without your seatbelt on and the car comes to a sudden stop, you are that object in motion. If there's someone in the front seat, you've now caused injuries."

Or death, Neusch says.

He says every 12 minutes, someone in the country dies in a crash. That means during the time of Tuesday's presentation, four people were killed.

Tallahassee, FL - The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urged everyone to wear white today to symbolize the effort to white out teen crashes during 2012’s Teen Driver Safety Week

(Oct. 14 – 20). Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among teens.

More than 700,000 teenagers have driver licenses in Florida. In 2011, nearly 30,000 teen drivers in the state were involved in crashes resulting in the death of 180 teenagers aged 15 to 19.

Today, DHSMV and its Division of the Florida Highway Patrol along with safety partners sponsored presentations at high schools in Miami, Tampa, Apopka and Tallahassee. A non-profit organization, Stay Alive From Education (aka S.A.F.E.), teamed up to provide the presentations that dramatize a traffic crash as viewed through the eyes of paramedics. FHP helped bring home the message to young drivers about the importance of buckling up, driving sober, removing distractions and limiting the number of peers in a car.

“Getting your driver license for the first time is a rite of passage and a very exciting time for teens as they gain added independence,” said DHSMV Executive Director Julie L. Jones. “It is important that teens learn to be safe drivers from the beginning, and we encourage parents to be involved and set good examples for their children. Our Drive with CARE program provides useful resources for teens and parents.”

Drive with CARE – Courtesy, Attention, Responsibility and Experience brings safety messages and presentations to teens year-round. The website for the program, www.flhsmv.gov/teens, provides information for teens and parents in English and in Spanish, including information on Florida’s graduated licensing law.


The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter at @FDHSMV or find us on Facebook.

Tallahassee, FL - The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles visited students at Leon High School in Tallahassee this morning as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week. Featured was a "Street Smart" presentation, which dramatized a teen crash from the perspective of paramedics.

The message addressed the dangers of driving under the influence, using electronic devices while driving and failure to buckle up. For the special presentation, students, school personnel, parents, and everyone who wants to keep teens safe behind the wheel were urged to wear white to demonstrate the hope to "White Out Teen Crashes."

LOCATION: Leon High School

Chorus Room

550 E. Tennessee Street

Tallahassee, FL 32308

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