Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Indiana Regional Highway Safety Project and the Clarion County Sheriff’s Department are co-sponsoring a safe driving competition for teenagers on April 16 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School.
All high schools in Clarion and Jefferson counties have been invited to select a team of three students and a chaperone to represent their school at the competition. The requirements are: students be a junior or senior; possess a valid driver’s license; have a clean, crash-free driving record; and have not participated in a past regional driving competition. Student applicant also must pass a qualifying pretest.
“Our purpose for these competitions is to increase awareness about safe driving practices among teen drivers, who are in a high-risk category for injuries and fatalities,” Sandy Toy, coordinator of the Indiana Regional Highway Safety Project at IUP and competition cocoordinator said.
“We want to also reward the efforts of those students who have been identified by their teachers as good drivers,” Clarion County Sheriff Bill Peck, event cocoordinator said.
All participants will receive prizes and will be treated to a buffet awards lunch catered by Nichelbille Presbyterian Church.
For more information about registering for this event, students should check with their high school office. Individual students may come on their own if their high school is not sending a team. A qualifying test is required by all participating students.
The scholarship award for this year’s competition comes from the State Farm Insurance Company. AAA is providing the trophies. Local law enforcement agents will act as judges for the driving range. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Motor Trucking Association will act as course facilitators. Representatives from the community will be judges and moderators for the other portions of the event.
Winners from this year’s competition will be invited to participate in the Pennsylvania Motor Trucking Association’s tenth annual “Pennsylvania Safe Driving Competition for Youth” to be held in York in May. Top winners from around the Commonwealth will compete for a chance to win $10,000 in scholarships from the Pennsylvania Motor Trucking Association and be recognized as the best young drivers in Pennsylvania.
For more information about the event, contact Toy at 724-357-4877.
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