April 17th, teens will get a lesson from the pros.
Traffic accidents are the number one cause of teen deaths. The National Highway Traffic Administration reports that 437,000 teenagers were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2005. Distractions like talking on cell phones and text messaging while driving are adding to the problem.
These accidents are tragic and costly, with the average economic cost per death totalling $970,000, and $35,300 per serious injury. (This is according to a 1999 study by the National Safety Council, which calculates economic cost by adding the costs of wage and productivity losses; medical expenses; insurance, police and legal costs; motor-vehicle damage; and employer costs, then adding the value of lost quality of life.)
Come to the Home Depot Center on Tuesday, April 17 to see how Yokohama Tire Corporation, Discount Tire and the Jim Russell Racing School have teamed up to help teens stay safe behind the wheel.