A total of $1,750, donated by the
Allstate Foundation through a grant to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, was
awarded to the top teen drivers who competed in the 2015 Armstrong-Indiana Teen
Safe Driving Competition held at the IUP at Northpointe Regional Campus in Freeport,
The event, which was held on Friday,
March 27, was coordinated by the IUP Institute for Rural Health and
Safety’s Center for Transportation, Armstrong County
Sheriff’s Department, Indiana County Sheriff’s Department, and the Pennsylvania
State Police. Students were tested on perceptual driving,
behind-the-wheel skills, Pennsylvania driving laws, and vehicle defects.
The Pennsylvania Motor Trucking
Association designed and operated the driving course, which is standard for
local teen driving competitions throughout the state. A team of three
contestants represented the following schools: Apollo-Ridge, Freeport, Ford
City, Homer-Center, Indiana, Kittanning, Marion Center, Penns Manor, Purchase
Line, United, and West Shamokin.
In addition, AAA East Central
provided trophies for the top team and top three individual finishers. Terri Rae
Anthony, safety advisor for AAA East Central, administered the Perceptual
Driving Test, which measures students’ ability to detect hazards and anticipate
what might happen down the road.
In addition to the competition
phase, the students observed a truck safety demonstration by the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation, experienced activities wearing Fatal Vision
Impaired Driving Goggles with Louis Pesci, IUP Institute for Rural Health
and Safety, and drove
a Distracted Driving Simulator purchased through a grant from StateFarm.
Other event sponsors included
Armstrong-Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, Rosebud Trucking
Company, Domino’s, Eat N Park, Martins, and Walmart.
The top two teen drivers qualified
to compete for $8,000 in scholarships at the Pennsylvania Motor Truck
Association’s “Pennsylvania Safe Driving Competition for Youth,” to be held at
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, on May 12.
The Indiana Regional Highway Safety
Project is a federally funded program contracted with the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation through the Institute of Rural Health and Safety
of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.