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Friday, October 18, 2013

Riel Talks About National
Teen Driver Safety Week

National Teen Driver Safety Week is underway and Governor Tom Corbet at the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association are also behind the initiative.

Bradford Mayor Tom Riel is the spokesman for the Northwest Region and says, "One may wonder why a mayor might care about this issue. The answer is really simple. Over one third of deaths among teenagers are caused by motor vehicle accidents."

He also pointed out some figures released by the Centers for Disease Control including that per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. He also noted that people ages 15 to 24 represent only 14 percent of the US population, but they account for 30 percent of the total cost of motor vehicle injuries among males, and 28 percent of the total cost among females.

You can find more information at

In conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, Bradford Area High School has entered a contest aimed at bringing attention to safe driving – and everyone in the community can help them win. Just go to Celebrate My every day from now until October 26 and make a safe driving commitment.

The school with the most pledges wins a prize worth between $25,000 and $100,000 and a chance to host a Kelly Clarkson contest.

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