Illinois State Police and Illinois High School Association partner
to educate high school students on the importance of safe driving
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[FEB. 9, 2006]
PEORIA -- On Tuesday, the Illinois State
Police and Illinois High School Association announced a partnership
designed to educate high school students on the importance of safe
driving. The safety themes are seat belt use, "Speed Kills," and
"Alcohol and High School Athletics Don't Mix."
The safety enforcement and education initiative will begin in March
and continue throughout the year at all IHSA basketball, football,
softball, volleyball and wrestling events.
partnership with the IHSA begins with March Madness, we will
continue the teen driving safety effort at all major regional,
sectional and state final events," said Larry G. Trent, director of
the Illinois State Police. "By partnering with the IHSA, we will
reach more teens than ever before with important safety messages
that could ultimately save their lives -- always wear your seat
belt; obey all posted speed limits; and remember, if you're under
the age of 21, it is illegal to consume alcohol."
Troopers will be very visible enforcing these important safety
statues during the upcoming tournament times, as well as providing
educational information through safety booths at the designated
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During 2004, 135 teens were killed and 2,694 drivers under the
age of 21 were suspended for driving with a blood alcohol
concentration of more than 0.00 percent or for refusing to submit to
The Illinois State Police is committed to reducing teen traffic
fatalities, injuries and crashes. Trent believes that the
partnership announced Tuesday will greatly enhance police endeavors
in reaching those goals.
"We are extremely pleased to partner with the Illinois State
Police on this very important educational initiative," said Marty
Hickman, IHSA executive director. "By assisting in this project, we
believe we can help young people lead safer and healthier lives."
The Illinois State Police and the IHSA are partnering for your
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