Highway Department offers teen driver safety program at Safety Town

As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 15-21, 2017), the Brookhaven Highway Department’s Division of Traffic Safety will be offering a Teen Driver Safety Program at Safety Town on Saturday, October 21, from 9 am to noon.

Teenagers 15 and older and their parents are invited to participate in an interactive experience exhibiting the dangers of texting or drinking and driving. During this intense, real-life program, certified instructors with many years of defensive driving and accident investigation experience will talk with participants about the importance of developing safe habits when traveling the roadways. Teens will then use electric cars to complete obstacle courses designed to simulate driving while texting and impaired. Pre-registration is required.

“Programs such as this are crucial in showing young, new drivers the tremendous threats drunken or distracted driving can create,” said Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro. “We want to make sure students hear that message; when they’re behind the wheel of a car, it is entirely within their control to prevent a tragic accident caused by driving while distracted or impaired.”

Located at the Holtsville Ecology Site (249 Buckley Road, Holtsville), Safety Town is a miniature village with an indoor and outdoor educational facility. Throughout the year, Safety Town hosts bicycle safety rodeos, car seat inspections, teen distracted driving programs, and defensive driving classes.

Call 631-363-3770 for more information or to register. For more details, view the flyer.

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