For safety’s sake

Shown at Global Youth Traffic Awareness Day at the Okolona Vocational Complex are, from left, Mississippi FCCLA Vice-President Randy Shaffer, Mississippi FCCLA President Tyson Eddie, City Councilman Bennett Moore and Chickasaw County Narcotics officer Keith Roberson. (Courtesy Photo)

Shown at Global Youth Traffic Awareness Day at the Okolona Vocational Complex are, from left, Mississippi FCCLA Vice-President Randy Shaffer, Mississippi FCCLA President Tyson Eddie, City Councilman Bennett Moore and Chickasaw County Narcotics officer Keith Roberson.
(Courtesy Photo)

OKOLONA – Students at the Okolona Vocational Complex had a course on traffic and automobile safety April 4 thanks to a partnership of the OVC, Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Family, Community, Career Leaders of America club. Officer Keith Roberston was the guest speaker for the event and shared statistics on teen driving from driving under the influence and texting while driving to driving distracted by various sources. Roberson also showed a video taken of real teens driving and showcased the bad habits they used. He led the group in a discussion of how to be a safe driver. At the end of the presentation, students were challenged to answer questions on what they had learned and rewarded with T-shirts for correct answers. Gifts were also presented to students by Family and Consumer Science Teacher and FCCLA sponsor, Trena Smith, on behalf of the National Organization for Youth Safety. “This is a good time for us to have this type of information and conversation with our teen drivers because the weather is changing and school is almost out,” Smith said. “Students are getting ready for proms and summer time and they will be driving. They need to refresh their minds on driving safety.” Okolona Councilman Bennett Moore was in attendance for the program and said he found it, “very interesting and beneficial for young drivers.” The mission of NOYS is to build partnerships that will save lives, prevent injuries and promote safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth and encourage youth empowerment and leadership. This is the second year the FCCLA and NOYS have partnered for National Safety month to bring information to Okolona students. OHS junior, Tyson Eddie, serves as President of the Mississippi FCCLA and said every time he attends the presentation he learns something new and helps him to be more aware of what he is doing when he drives. Mississippi FCCLA Vice-President, OHS sophomore Randy Shaffer, was surprised to learn that two-of-three teen passenger deaths are in vehicles driven by other teenagers. “That’s too many,” Shaffer said.

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