High school students reminded to just drive
Memphis, MO. —
With prom season upon us, students at a Heartland high school had the chance to learn the importance of safe driving.
KTVO along with the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety partnered for a Just Drive assembly for students at Scotland County R-I High School Monday afternoon.
The students listened to two speakers from the Think First Missouri Program.
One of them was Penny Anderson who uses wheelchair after she was involved in a car crash due to her friend speeding. Anderson wants young drivers to always pay attention to the roads.
"Crashes happen and they happen every day. My motto is focus on the road. Eyes and mind on the road while hands on the wheel," Anderson said.
Another speaker, Chad Burton suffered a major brain injury after being involved in a car crash. He was not wearing his seat belt.
"Just that now and in the future, it is so dangerous out down the road when you account for the weather or other people on their phones driving. You have to be a defensive driver. You have to always be aware and expect the other drivers not to do what they're supposed to do. Be safe," Burton said.
The injuries Burton sustained from his accident put him in a coma state for over a month and left him disabled for the rest of his life.
Burton told the students that it only takes just three seconds to buckle up.
The school hopes their students will always remember to just drive
"You know it's something that everyone can take the heart. I know in this county, we had our share of loved ones of been taken too soon due to car accidents so I'm thrilled with them being able to come and present to our students today," said Scotland County R-I High School Principal Kirk Scott.