Pilot program aims to save lives

Baby boomers might recall a movie shown in driver’s ed classes called “Signal 30,” which aimed to scare 1960s and ‘70s teens into driving safely by showing gory, real-life accident scenes.
   Scare tactics often backfire or get dismissed as hyperbole. Yet one West Coast town is using a new twist via 30 student journalists who tour the medical examiner’s office and report what they see. “Steering Teens Straight” makes an impression because teens hear about real-life consequences directly from their peers.
   During one outing, teen journalists met with an investigator who “has the painful job of knocking on doors after a fatal crash to tell parents their son or daughter is gone.” Read about the program in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

by  Jon Osterberg

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