Project Ignition Team shares safe driving message

Butler Tech students have creatively decorated classroom doors throughout the Fairfield Township campus in the D. Russel Lee building to encourage their peers to be safe drivers and save lives. Butler County Safe Communities (BCSC) is partnering on year-long efforts with student leaders from Butler Tech to focus on youth-led teen driver safety education. Butler Tech is one of only two Ohio schools and twenty communities across the nation benefitting from an incredible opportunity offered by the National Youth Leadership Council’s (NYLC) called “Project Ignition.”

On Thursday, February 20, members of the BCSC Coalition, made up of law enforcement, hospitals/EMS personnel, local businesses, schools, and community organizations judged the Butler Tech students’ displays. Kristen AbuDakar, Director of Butler Tech’s Fairfield Campus added, “Every single life is precious, we know that teen injuries and death related to automobile accidents continue to rise with the rise of distracted driving. As a public institution working with our young people every day, we have the opportunity to educate them on the importance of safe driving and stopping distractions when driving. We used our classroom doors with the door contest as a reminder of this since they all walk through these doors throughout the day before they get back behind the wheel of their cars.”

“Based on crash data, our priority focuses on traffic safety awareness and include youth drivers, restraint use, impaired and distracted driving, and motorcycle awareness,” shared Carol Lucio, Coordinator for Butler County Safe Communities. With youth making up a large portion (37% or 11 out of 30) of fatalities in Butler County in 2018, they are of paramount concern. “We are pleased to work with our partners at the local, state, and federal level to address these safety issues,” she added.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents. Project Ignition, the National Youth Leadership Council’s (NYLC) peer-led teen driver safety program that utilizes service-learning to change driving behaviors and save lives on the road, knows that youth leadership is a critical component to effectively addressing this staggering statistic, changing teen driving behaviors, and saving lives. “Students are in the best position to address issues of driver safety,” said Amy Meuers, NYLC CEO. “Through Project Ignition, these young people are literally saving the lives of their peers, their family, and their community members because they are in the best position to influence behaviors and decision making at critical moments – especially before they operate a moving vehicle. We champion the leadership that youth have to make a positive impact on the world.

View additional coverage at Fox 19 News: https://www.fox19.com/2020/02/20/butler-tech-teens-creating-door-displays-raise-safe-driving-awareness/

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