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CHS Hosts Assembly on Teen Traffic Safety

The event will feature a motivational speaker who survived 22 surgeries as a result of a high-speed car crash.

students will get a sobering lesson on highway safety Thursday during an assembly that will focus on teen traffic safety.

In an effort to educate students on the dangers of driving irresponsibly, the Chesapeake Business Advisory Board (CBAB) has worked with principal Frank Drazan and the Maryland Teen Safe Driving Collation to present an assembly designed to wake students up to the realities of car crashes.

“The Chesapeake Business Advisory Board discussed last fall what we could do as a business group to highlight individual (teen) responsibility when operating a motor vehicle,” said CBAB president Nancy Schrum in an email to Patch. “As a community we have experienced or connector roads from driving errors or poor choice.”

To remind students of the responsibility that comes with driving, Thursday’s assembly will feature guest speaker Tyler Presnell from Portland, OR.

According to a release from the Maryland Teen Safe Driving Collation, Presnell had 22 surgeries, underwent two stints on life support and spent 22 weeks in a coma after taking the brunt of a 70 mph car crash into a telephone pole when he was 14 years old. Now 27, Presnell travels around the country as a motivational speaker to remind others of the importance of being safe drivers and responsible passengers.

The event coincides with National Youth Traffic Safety Month. According to the release, summer is the deadliest time of year for teen drivers and their passengers. On average, 422 teens die in traffic accidents during the summer, compared to the monthly average of 363 teen deaths in non-summer months.

Schrum said the Allstate Foundation is funding the expenses for the guest speaker.

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