Organizers hope it will become an annual event.
“Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for young people from 15 to 19 years old," Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan said. "To help reduce the number of unnecessary injuries and deaths to our children, this region-wide event will highlight the importance of safe driving habits to participating students. Participating schools also will be able to engage their student body in the message of safe driving behaviors, such as using seat belts and not texting while driving. Finally, the kids will get to have fun while learning to be safe.”
Thirty teens from 10 high schools in the five-county region will be competing for $2,000 in scholarship prize money. Participating students were selected to compete by their principal, guidance counselor or driving instructor.
There will be three portions to the competition: a driving range, which includes serpentine, parallel, pull-in parking, turning, stopping ability and slow speed judgment; a perceptual driving slide test, which organizers said tests a driver’s rapid visual recognition and response; and a written test.
The competition will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Technical College High School, Pickering Campus, 1580 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville.
The winner of Wednesday's competition will be eligible to compete at a statewide competition.