'Roadeo' aims to teach safe driving practices
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Dublin will work to make roads safer later this month with the annual Teen Driving Roadeo.
The free event, slated for noon to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Ashland Inc., 5200 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, will include first-aid, maneuverability courses, a skid car and other driving education for local teens.
The event is in its sixth year and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dublin works to attract teens from all over central Ohio, with the help of the Dublin Police Department, Washington Township Fire Department, MedFlight, Dublin, Crown Automotive Group and Ashland Inc.
"We get teens from all of central Ohio," said Betty Clark, public relations chair for the event. "This year, we are anticipating 250 (teens). The only requirement is they do have to register ahead of time and have to have a temporary (driver's) permit (or driver's license)."
Registration must be completed by Sept. 16 and can be completed online at teendrivingroadeo.com.
Sessions will be held at noon and 2 p.m.
On hand for teen drivers will be maneuverability courses, defensive driving in a skid car, an extraction demonstration using the Jaws of Life, vehicle maintenance and a chance to see MedFlight in action.
Teens can also visit learning stations on traffic stop behavior, what to do if involved in a car accident, fatal vision goggles, first-aid and motorcycle safety.
A vehicle maintenance station will teach young drivers about the use of jumper cables, how to check oil and other fluids and how to change a tire.
A lesson on driving awareness will offer tips on high accident areas, roundabouts, entrance/exit ramp procedures, fuel saving and wildlife on the roadway.
The Teen Driving Roadeo will also address a poor driving habit seen in both teen and adult drivers that is now illegal in the state.
"A new area will be the distracted driving simulator with texting while driving," Clark said. "The Dublin police will be handling that area."
Teens can also get their hands on free T-shirts, food and other prizes at the roadeo.
The most important thing teens can take away from the Teen Driving Roadeo is knowledge, Clark said.
"Especially in our area, it seems that every year we hear about a sad death of another teenager," she said. "There was the sad death of a teen driver in Hilliard. A couple of weeks ago, there was a motorcycle accident in Dublin where a young man was killed. If we can get teens to think ahead of time about all the distractions on the road and can save one life, it will be worth it."
The Teen Driving Roadeo will be held rain or shine and is free.