Survey Of High School Students Brings Mixed Results

A survey of west–valley high school students reveals some surprising aspects of teen driving...and some problems as well.

Conducted this spring, the survey was an effort of the West Valley Rural Road Advisory Committee and a student from Fruita Monument High School. The survey revealed that more than 80 per cent of the students surveyed say they wear seat belts, which is probably a good thing, as more than 90 per cent say they speed, and forty percent say they roll through stop signs.

The 665 respondents in the survey had favorable comments on the traffic light at highway 6&50 at 19 Road, but also said improvements are needed to Wildcat Avenue.

The purpose of the West Valley Rural Road Advisory Committee is to make driving rural roads safer, where serious injury rates in accidents are higher than those in city crashes.