Developing Resources for Education in America (DREAM, Inc.)
Our mission is to prevent youth substance abuse and promote healthy life styles through developing and providing effective products and services for schools, communities, and businesses.
As the Holiday Approaches...
Don't be a turkey- stay away from drugs.
And as the holiday season approaches, we at DREAM would like to remind you to stay safe and keep the roads safe for others as well, by not drinking and driving.
The road ways will be especially crowded as we all travel to and from our holiday destinations So please, buckle up, drive safe, slow down, don't drink and drive and please remember- that text can wait.
From our family to yours, have a safe and happy, healthy, holiday!
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Teens at Risk for Deadly Driving
Summer is the deadliest time on the road, especially for Mississippi teens. Did you know that Mississippi ranks third as deadliest for teen drivers in the nation and the deadliest among the Southern states on the road? In Mississippi, 289 youth ages 15-20, were killed in car accidents from 2009-12. The leading cause of death for Mississippi's teens is auto accidents.
Mississippi has seen a decline in fatalities in the last several years, from 103 in 2009 to 52 in 2012. Some highway safety officials attribute this to the state's graduated driver's license program for youth and a ban on texting for driver's with permits or intermediate licenses. But even those laws may have limited impact. Tawni Basden, director of the Mississippi Highway Safety Programs and an employee of DREAM, Inc., said she has not heard of a local law enforcement agency issuing a ticket to a minor who meets the specifications for texting while driving.
Rodney McGilvary, assistant police chief for the Biloxi Police Department says that these things should be monitored on accident reports which would include a box to check if an officer learns a driver was distracted or on the phone during the time of the accident.
Ms. Basden, who has been tasked with leading the state's initiative on educating young drivers through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, stated that when crafting driving laws, the state needs to take into account the mentality of teen drivers, which is often a "it's not going to happen to me," attitude.