Fruita Monument takes a pledge to drive safe

FRUITA, Colo. The Colorado State Patrol and Fruita Monument High School are working together to help students pledge to be safe drivers.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of deaths for 15-20 year olds.

With prom season and summber break coming up, potentially dangerous driving situations are increasing, so Fruita Monument had their students create a plan for safe driving.

"We're all so young and we need to know to have a plan during prom weekend to be safe and not end up like the car they presented today," says Blain McCormick of the Fruita Monument Student Senate.

Members of the Student Senate, like Blain, worked with adminstrators and the Colorado State Patrol to bring this safe driving program to their school.

The Colorado State Patrol brought in a crashed car for display throughout the week, walked students through seat belt simulators and drunk googles, and held a safe driving assembly for the students.

In addition to taking part in safe driving activities and presentations, students created a pledge to safe driving for this upcoming prom weekend.

Captain Ozanic, director of the program, has gone through this program at over a dozen schools and says Fruita Monument students have been the responsive and enthusiastic about the week's activities.

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