Safety is a Priority

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every one in ten high school students drinks and drives. Not only is unsafe driving an issue, it’s extremely common– particularly among young people.

Johnston County Teen Drivers, a program intended to keep students safe on the road, is organizing a seatbelt check after school on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

“I think it’s going to be really good to see who’s actually wearing seat belts, and it will raise a lot of awareness in the school,” said active member of Johnston County Teen Drivers Erik Beene.

“JoCo” Teen Drivers is a program intended to raise awareness of the top driving dangers on the road. The club to prevent crashes among young drivers by holding activities such as the seat belt check, among others,” said Beene.

“I have been in the organization since this summer. JoCo doesn’t change, it’s a set group. It’s invitation only. We work as a group to get things done and raise awareness. We work really closely with [Students Against Destructive Decisions],” Beene said.

The empowering program encourages teenagers to spread the word about deadly driving dangers, and make smart choices while in the car– as a driver or as a passenger.

“JoCo teen drivers is an organization founded to promote safe driving among teenagers. We do things at least once a month,” Beene said.

Amanda Fisher, tennis coach and leader of several clubs, is head of JoCo Teen Drivers. She does her best to organize events, set a good, “safe,” example, and lead to the best of her ability.

“I love Ms. Fisher. She’s in charge of SADD and JoCo,” member Abigail Hartley said.

The club is responsible for many accomplishments, including the creation of many posters plastered on West’s walls.

“We did the Stree Safe event in October, and we made posters and put them up around the school,” Hartley said.

Due to their “invitation only” policy, the number of members in JoCo is relatively small. Most people have only been in the club one or two years. Looking only for the cream of the crop, the leaders of JoCo pick only the most responsible, trustworthy individuals.

“This is my first year,” Hartley said. “The goals are to stop students from making poor driving decisions.”