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‘Share the Keys’ at Westfield High School for Teens and Parents to Encourage Safe Driving

Amanda Christian

Sunday, February 23, 2014 • 4:28pm

WESTFIELD, NJ — On Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., Westfield High School will host a Share the Keys event in the WHS auditorium to teach parents and students the importance of safe driving among teens.

Share the Keys was created by Kean University in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and New Jersey State Police.  The idea behind the program is that, if parents monitor their teens’ driving and are supportive and helpful, their children would be less likely to get in car accidents. Share the Keys is research-based and -oriented to increase parental involvement in teen driving in hopes of reducing the risk of crashing.

The event on Tuesday will begin with a presentation on research related to driver safety among teens. The presentation will be followed by a discussion involving representatives from State Farm, DonTre Driving School, the Westfield Physical Education Department and the Westfield Police Department. 

“We’re hoping that after presenting this at our school, parents will be informed on the regulations of the GDL [Graduated Driver License],” said Bev Torok, a Westfield High School teacher heavily involved in driver safety education among teens.

Students who attend the event with a parent will be eligible to win prizes, including a parking spot at WHS.

“I think parents and students should participate in Share the Keys because it’s a great communication tool between parents and teens,” said OC Szwarc, a student advocate for the event along with juniors Ben Howell and Joebe Mandel.

The event is free and parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend.  Learn more about the Share the Keys or find out how you can get involved at http://www.njteendriving.com/share-the-keys.

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