IUP Highway Safety Program Hosted Regional Safe Driving Competition at IUP at Northpointe

Posted on 3/30/2015 2:26:08 PM

A total of $1,750, donated by the Allstate Foundation through a grant to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, was awarded to the top teen drivers who competed in the 2015 Armstrong-Indiana Teen Safe Driving Competition held at the IUP at Northpointe Regional Campus in Freeport, Pa.

The event, which was held on Friday, March 27, was coordinated by the IUP Institute for Rural Health and Safety’s Center for Transportation, Armstrong County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police. Students were tested on perceptual driving, behind-the-wheel skills, Pennsylvania driving laws, and vehicle defects.

The Pennsylvania Motor Trucking Association designed and operated the driving course, which is standard for local teen driving competitions throughout the state. A team of three contestants represented the following schools: Apollo-Ridge, Freeport, Ford City, Homer-Center, Indiana, Kittanning, Marion Center, Penns Manor, Purchase Line, United, and West Shamokin.

In addition, AAA East Central provided trophies for the top team and top three individual finishers. Terri Rae Anthony, safety advisor for AAA East Central, administered the Perceptual Driving Test, which measures students’ ability to detect hazards and anticipate what might happen down the road.

In addition to the competition phase, the students observed a truck safety demonstration by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, experienced activities wearing Fatal Vision Impaired Driving Goggles with Louis Pesci, IUP Institute for Rural Health and Safety, and drove a Distracted Driving Simulator purchased through a grant from StateFarm.

Other event sponsors included Armstrong-Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, Rosebud Trucking Company, Domino’s, Eat N Park, Martins, and Walmart.

The top two teen drivers qualified to compete for $8,000 in scholarships at the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association’s “Pennsylvania Safe Driving Competition for Youth,” to be held at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, on May 12.

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.