Wrecked Cars Promote Safe Driving For Anderson Teens - WSPA.com

Wrecked Cars Promote Safe Driving For Anderson Teens

Posted: Updated:
Wrecked car outside T. L. Hanna High School Wrecked car outside T. L. Hanna High School
Wrecked car outside Westside High School Wrecked car outside Westside High School

ANDERSON - It's high school prom season and graduation is just around the corner. The celebrations means for teen drivers will be on the roads and the chance of car accidents increases.

"Car accidents go up dramatically, fatal car accidents go up dramatically," says T. L. Hanna Principal Sheila Hilton.

In conjunction with the Alive @ 25 program, T. L. Hanna and Westside High Schools have provided a daily reminder for students to stay safe. Wrecked cars have been placed outside the high schools and administrators hope as students see the cars each day, they'll remember to stay focused behind the wheel.

"You hope that doesn't happen to anybody you know, hopefully that car isn't somebody I knew," says T. L. Hanna senior Stephanie Guevara.

All high schools in Anderson County use the the Alive @ 25 Program. They require students to pass the program before they are allowed to park at the school. The program strive to decrease accidents by teaching students to avoid speeding, drinking and distractions while driving.

"Any distraction when you take your eyes off the road increases your chances of being in a fatal car accident," Hilton says.

The program first began in South Carolina in 2006. The National Safety Council tells 7 On Your Side since 2006 they've seen a 37% reduction in fatalities in car accidents for young adults from 15 to 24. But they say even that decrease isn't enough.

Last September a teen from T. L. Hanna died in an accident and shortly after another teen from Wren High School also died in a fatal wreck.

'It's scary thinking wow, that's a real car, in a real accident and someone whose really hurt and that's not somewhere you want to end up," says T. L. Hanna junior Luke Wilson.

Administrators hope their continuous push for safety will continue to net results.

"This is the time you want to inundate students with that information," Hilton says.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Community Meeting Discussing Halfway Housing Gets Heated

    Community Meeting Discussing Halfway Housing Gets Heated

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:38 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:38:03 GMT
    2 Men Sentenced In Drug Case Could Get Out Of Jail Soon2 Men Sentenced In Drug Case Could Get Out Of Jail Soon
    Outraged neighbors took on a Christian ministry they said is housing sex offenders and ex-cons in their neighborhood. The meeting held in Roebuck in Spartanburg County was so heated, extra deputies were called in to keep things from getting out of hand. "Our community children are prisoners in their flipping homes... not your ex convicts. Put 'em back behind bars, we don't want them," shouted one woman. The neighbo...
    Outraged neighbors took on a Christian ministry they said is housing sex offenders and ex-cons in their neighborhood. The meeting held in Roebuck in Spartanburg County was so heated, extra deputies were called in to keep things from getting out of hand. "Our community children are prisoners in their flipping homes... not your ex convicts. Put 'em back behind bars, we don't want them," shouted one woman. The neighbo...
  • Wreck Shuts Down Part of I-85 In Anderson County

    Wreck Shuts Down Part of I-85 In Anderson County

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:36 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:36:04 GMT
    Troopers say they're working a wreck on mile marker 30 in Anderson County.Troopers say they're working a wreck on mile marker 30 in Anderson County.
    The South Carolina Highway Patrol says two northbound lanes of I-85 in Anderson County are closed after a wreck Thursday night.
    The South Carolina Highway Patrol says two northbound lanes of I-85 in Anderson County are closed after a wreck Thursday night.
  • Tanker Tips Over On Main Street in Anderson

    Tanker Tips Over On Main Street in Anderson

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:03:00 GMT
    Part of Main Street in Anderson shut down due to a tipped over tanker Thursday night.Part of Main Street in Anderson shut down due to a tipped over tanker Thursday night.
    An overturned tanker closed part of Main Street in Anderson Thursday night.
    An overturned tanker closed part of Main Street in Anderson Thursday night.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.