Students Learn Driving Dangers Early

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February 9, 2006
After several recent accidents by high school drivers, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is starting to reach kids even younger. News 12 finds out why middle school students are already learning about driving dangers.

Monday, an 18-year-old Burke County student is killed driving to school. Last week, an accident on Bobby Jones kills four people. And two weeks before that, two high school students are killed driving in Edgefield County.

That’s why the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is showing a video about the dangers of driving to kids as young as 11. It’s the first time they’ve taught kids at LBC Middle School road rules.

“In the next couple of years they’re going to be the actual drivers on the road and if we can educate them now, hopefully we can prevent future accidents,” said Trooper Travis Blackwelder.

And if you think these kids aren’t thinking about driving yet, think again.

“If you’re planning to get a drivers’ license, raise your hand for me,” the trooper said.

These seventh grade girls are already excited about getting behind the wheel and say a lesson like this will stick with them.

“There’s really big consequences even if the crime isn’t that big,” said Avery Sheehan.

“It’s never too early to learn about responsibility,” said Rachel Whaley.

Learning early, before it’s too late.