How Are NJ Police Using Car Accident Scenes to Teach Teens to Be Better Drivers?

Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:00pm by

Photo of car accidentIn a bid to improve teen driving safety, the police department in Middle Township, New Jersey is providing local high school students with an up-close view of the devastating results of an auto accident. The program involves the police department setting up a mock car accident scene in the high school’s parking lot.

In this particular case, which was the focus of a Press of Atlantic City article, the accident scene was set up in the Middle Township High School parking lot. Around 80 students attended the police department’s presentation, which involved officers explaining step-by-step what they do when they investigate an auto crash.

The students, who were all in either a forensics or physics class, participated in three demonstrations during the presentation. The demonstrations allowed the students to use the same equations the police use when they are investigating an accident. Following the demonstrations, the officers provided the teenagers with driving safety tips, including warning them to never text and drive.

Teen Driving Safety Tips for Parents

Taking the following actions may help parents to decrease the likelihood their teen drivers are involved in car accidents:

  • Make sure your teen takes a safe-driving course.
  • If you get a car or truck for your teen driver, make sure that is the safest vehicle you can afford. Ideally, the vehicle would include safety features, like front and side airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability control.
  • Sit down and have a discussion with your teen driver about what you expect from them when they are driving, including rules regarding passengers in the car, no drinking and driving, no speeding and no texting and driving.
  • Set a good example for your teen when you drive, especially if he or she is riding in the car with you.

Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys have been protecting the rights of car accident victims in Atlantic City and Cape May for years, including recovering $2 million for a teenager who suffered a brain injury and nearly died following a wreck involving an elderly driver who ran a red light.

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