LTN Staff Reports
Lincoln Charter received two State Farm grants this month to both increase campus traffic safety and promote safe driving among all state teens, according to a State Farm press release.
The school plans to use the $10,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship grant to establish a Teen Driver Safety Council this year and the $2,500 Celebrate My Drive grant to add crosswalks and speed bumps around the Denver facility in an effort known as “Gears Between Your Ears,” the release said.
Students initiated the campus effort and, in addition to traffic safety, have rallied to re-do parking and driving regulations on the property to ensure safety for pedestrians as well as young drivers.
Lincoln Charter students will comprise the Safety Council with the start of a new school year in the fall, the release said.
However, the school will commence the group this summer.
State Farm officials presented both grants to school leaders on Thursday during a special assembly dubbed Prom Promise.
The goal of the student-driven operations is to ultimately reduce the number of teen vehicle crashes each year across North Carolina.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, statistics showed more than 3,300 16 to 20-year-olds were killed riding as passengers in vehicles in 2009.
Of those who died, nearly 1,900 were not wearing seat belts, the site said.