“We have grades 9 through 12 here, so some of them don’t even have their licenses yet,” said Laurie Aguilera, project manager of the Chester County Traffic Safety Project.
Young drivers learn new skills in an interactive and fun way.
“I have my license and I still have one lesson until I get my license,” said 11th grader Gianna Nardini.
Students gathered outside the West Whiteland Township Police Department.
They walked through the stations and learned to be good drivers and passengers.
“Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” said Grade 10 student Karly McIlvaine.
Several agencies, including PennDOT, worked together and hosted the free event for students in Chester, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware counties.
Others involved in the partnership include: Chester County Highway Safety Project, Delaware County Transportation Management Association, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, TMA Bucks Community Traffic Safety and West Whiteland Township Police.
“We try to give them that advice and that knowledge, so that they become safer drivers and can avoid an accident.” said West Whiteland Township Police Detective Scott Pezick.
Pa. State Trooper Kelly MacIntyre added, “Other highway workers are out there, PennDOT is out there. We’re all trying to get a job done.”
The hope is that students will use their new skills to protect themselves and others on the road.
“It all starts with the parents as well. They kind of do what the parent does behind the wheel,” Aguilera said.
The future of ROADeo safe driving is to continue to hold it every year, while expanding the reach to other students.
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