Drivers ed. keeps students safe behind the wheel

NORWICH – Each summer the Norwich City School District prepares a wave of new drivers for life behind the wheel with its driver education program.

On Wednesday, the 48 students registered in this year’s six-week program were able to see first-hand the traumatic effects of a rollover accident, thanks to a demonstration from the New York State Police Troop C and traffic safety officer Trooper Peter Grunder. Grunder used a rollover simulator in the school’s parking to prove the potentially devastating outcome of a rollover accident.

According to Trooper Grunder, motor vehicle injuries remain the top killer of teens in the U.S. In 2010, seven teens ages 16-19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Grunder said 23 percent of crashes in 2009 in nearby Broome County were the cause of distracted driving, the leading age group for those accidents being drivers under the age of 20.

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