On April 1st, Trooper First Class Steve Groman gave two separate presentations on safe driving to juniors and seniors at New Hope-Solebury High School. Trooper Groman recounted numerous incidents of serious automobile accidents involving teenagers and explained how those accidents may have been avoided with careful safety precautions. Also on hand for the presentations was Robert Johns, director of Bucks County Community Traffic Safety.
Groman and Johns told the students that they would be entered into the Bucks County High School Seatbelt Safety Challenge once again this year. Last year, the NH-S students won the challenge which is sponsored by TMA Bucks (Transportation Management Association) and Bucks County Highway Safety. The students showed the greatest percentage increase of seatbelt use in 2009-2010 and the school was presented with $500 and a perpetual trophy plaque. Baseline surveys on seatbelt usage by student drivers are conducted at high schools throughout the county without the knowledge of the schools in order to ensure the most accurate data sampling.
The safety presentations on April 1st were endorsed by the NH-S Cares committee whose mission is to champion the healthy and full development of all youth in the New Hope-Solebury Community.
Trooper Gorman addresses students' questions after the presentation.