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Monday March 4, 2019 at 2:38pm Age: 324 days
Category: High School, District


“Always put your phone down while driving because nothing is more important than others' lives and your own.” This was senior Michael Copeland’s takeaway from a presentation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to all high school adulting classes on Feb. 25.

Distracted driving is one of the preventable causes behind a staggering reality: motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens (CDC/Teen Drivers).

Minisink Valley High School has partnered with local law enforcement to help raise awareness of simple strategies that can save lives and significantly improve the safety for our students, as they prepare or begin to assume the adult responsibility of driving and sharing the road with others.

Hosted by the school’s business department, County Sheriff Carl DuBois, Sergeant Dustin Palen and Deputy Jeremy Yela presented to students on the legal and life-altering risks of texting while driving.

"Texting and driving is a serious thing,” Cynthia Briones said. “You can be in jail for almost the rest of your life if you get in an accident while texting and driving."

Students were also instructed on the appropriate conduct to display during a traffic stop, and why it matters.

Casey Jashembowski and Olivia Pawlowski walked away with the same important lesson. “If you are pulled over by an officer, you should keep your hands on the wheel as a sign that the police officer is safe and don’t shuffle around for your registration until they tell you to do so. They may think that you might be reaching for a weapon,” Olivia said. “Don’t do any sudden movements that could look like you're getting something that could hurt the officers," Casey added.

MVHS appreciates the efforts and collaboration of the Sheriff’s Office to educate our students on these important safety topics while developing a rapport of trust with Minisink’s youngest drivers. 

"I learned that it is never okay to even look at your phone while driving," Matthew Gilson conclude from his class time with the officers, and that could make all the difference. Parents are encouraged to reinforce these safety and prevention tips with their children. 

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