IUP Highway Safety Program Hosting Regional Safe Driving Competition, March 27

Posted on 4/4/2012 10:29:27 AM

Local high school students will vie for approximately $2,000 in scholarships and prizes in the Indiana-Armstrong Safe Driving Competition at IUP’s Northpointe campus on Friday, March 27, 2015.

The Pennsylvania Motor Trucking Association will design and operate the driving course which is standard for local teen driving competitions throughout the state. A team of three contestants will represent the following schools: Blairsville, Elderton, Ford City, Homer-Center, Indiana, Indiana County Technology Center, Kittanning, Leechburg, Marion Center, Penns Manor, United, and West Shamokin. Students will be tested on perceptual driving, behind-the-wheel skills, Pennsylvania driving laws, and vehicle defects.

The competition rewards teens for demonstrating excellent driving skills and knowledge of the rules of the road.

The 11th and 12th grade contestants achieved the top scores at their school on a 50-point pre-test. They also maintained clean and crash-free driving records.

In addition to the competition phases, the students will observe a Truck Safety demonstration by Tim Mills of Rosebud Trucking, experience a sobriety checkpoint wearing Fatal Vision Impaired Driving Goggles, compete in a Seatbelt Challenge, and participate in a Wii Distracted Driving demonstration.

“Students enjoy the interactive displays and demonstrations,” added Terri Anthony, AAA safety advisor. “This is a fun, but educational event for them.”

The winner of the competition will qualify to compete for a scholarship at the Pennsylvania Motor Trucking Association’s “Pennsylvania Safe Driving Competition for Youth.” A traveling trophy will be presented to the school that achieves the top combined team score.

The competition, coordinated by the Indiana Regional Highway Safety Project, is sponsored by ARIN I.U. 28, AAA, Aramark, Rosebud Trucking, the Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission, and PennDOT.

Local law enforcement, educators, and safety organization representatives will serve as judges for the competition.

For additional information, contact Jeff Grim at (724) 357-4877 or jgrim@iup.edu.

The Indiana Regional Highway Safety Project is a federally funded program contracted with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation through the Institute of Rural Health and Safety of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.