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Young Driver Program offered to prevent car accidents in Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons ages 15 to 24. Car accident attorneys at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, want you to know Lee Memorial Hospital offers a free Young Driver Program.

“All too often young people don’t recognize potential consequences without some tangible proof,” according to program organizers. “The program will educate young drivers on different legal issues involved with driving and also how to stay focused on driving and the responsibilities that go along with the driving privilege.”

The Young Drivers Program will be held at Lee Memorial Hospital in the auditorium once monthly. Class will be from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is FREE to young drivers and their parents. To register for the program please contact Syndi Bultman (239) 336-6797.

Did you know:

Teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash
The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers — the risk increases with the number of teen passengers and is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive.

Statistics for Lee County for 2005 showed 207 motor vehicle crashes for the age group 15 to 25. Of this total, 61, or 29 percent, were seat belted.

In 2006, 233 crashes were recorded for the age group 15 to 25 — a 12.5 percent increase from the previous year.

For both years, toxic substances and/or alcohol were involved in half the motor vehicle crashes for this age group.

A typical distraction lasts three seconds, enough time for a vehicle going 68 mph to travel the length of a football field.

The Young Driver Program is sponsored by Lee Memorial Emergency/Trauma Services, Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Stay Alive, Just Drive Program.

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Personal Injury Lawyers, has been representing accident victims in Southwest Florida for four decades and offers free appointments to discuss your rights at any of its offices in Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Arcadia, Sebring, Venice and Port Charlotte.