Don’t Drive Stupid Assembly

photos by Carey S. White, SHS News Adviser

On Thursday, April 13, Springville High student body had the opportunity to walk through a mockup of motor vehicle crashes and fatalities sponsored by FFA, student council, and Drama Guild.  Many of the Drama Guild members were actors in the assembly; FFA and student council served as guides and actors.

Motor vehicle traffic crashes are a leading cause of injury death among Utah teens ages 15-17. Teenage drivers represented 8% of the licensed drivers, yet they were in nearly one-fourth (21%) of all crashes.  Teens have the lowest seatbelt use of any age group in Utah. Teen drivers were 1.3 times more likely to have a contributing factor in a fatal crash than drivers of other ages, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to stay in the proper lane
  • Overcorrecting
  • Driving distracted (such as distracted by passengers, cell phones, and external distractions)
  • Failing to yield the right of way.

Do you realize that your life or the life of a peer can be lost in one second if you just make the wrong decision, or if you're not driving smart? Our goal is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities among teen drivers in our community and our school.

How many of your loved ones would you want to see get seriously hurt in a crash? Zero is our answer too.

As students progressed through this assembly, they were respectful of what they saw and remembering how a life or many lives can be changed in an instant with stupid driving. Some people may think zero is an impossible goal, but when it comes to your life, or the lives of your friends and family, what other number would be acceptable?

The assembly was held in the SHS underground track.