64 percent of teen car accident patients due to not wearing seatbelt, program hopes to reduce stats
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Louisiana State Police Troop A and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medial Center team up to teach local high schools the importance of safe drive.
It’s called the Sudden Impact Program.
High school sophomores get a chance to hear from troopers, trauma nurses and victims impacted by unsafe driving. The goal is to prevent kids from driving distracted, impaired or driving without a seat belt.
Trooper Russell Graham says it's especially important to reach teen drivers when they first get behind the wheel, to make sure they understand the risks on the roadways.
"They have either just gotten a drivers license or are about to get a drivers license, so we wan to start them off with the best information possible,” Trooper Graham says about the program. “We want them to have as much information possible to be safe on the roadways."
Our Lady of the Lake reports that 64 percent of patients ages 15 to 19 in 2010 came to the hospital due to injuries from not wearing a seatbelt in a car crash.