The North Dakota Department of Transportation has started a new
safety program focused on teenaged drivers. It's called "Think About It."
N-DOT Traffic Safety Manager Karen Mongeon(MOH-zhahn) says the "Think
About It" initiative is a teen peer-to-peer program to promote traffic safety to
young people. Mongeon says the program delivers peer-to-peer traffic
safety interventions. It enables and empowers teens to speak up when
they see someone driving unsafely in a vehicle they occupy.
Mongeon(MOH-zhahn) says Tyler Presnell is a nationwide speaker who
was permanently injured in a car crash at age 14. Presnell will speak in person
at schools throughout North Dakota, starting this week. Presnell is scheduled to
be at Minto High School, Tuesday, October 23rd, at nine-am, according to
Mongeon. Presnell helps teens develop skills to say to peers they're driving
Mongeon says in North Dakota, teenagers comprise less than seven-percent
of all licensed drivers. But they account for 20-percent of all traffic crashes, and almost
15-percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.