Advocates stress student safety during prom season
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:00 AM
Every year in South Carolina, hundreds of people die on the highways, and young drivers are involved in fatal crashes at a rate more than twice that of all other motorists.
Greenville volunteer/mother Marie Lee, who lost her son in a fatal Greenville County wreck in 2010, reflects on the crash as she speaks to a group of students at Abbeville High School on Tuesday morning.
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Such startling statistics loom even larger this month with legions of teen drivers destined to hit the roads as the 2014 prom season unfurls.
As several area high schools gear up for one of the Lakelands' busiest weekends of the spring, South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers, teachers and safety advocates were on hand Wednesday morning at Abbeville High School, cautioning students to make wise choices on their big nights out.
"You are one bad decision from ruining your whole life," SCHP Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said. "Sometimes, you've got that little feeling that comes on in your body and says, 'This is wrong.' That's your warning light ... I'm telling you as somebody that has been in the same shoes you're in, when the warning light goes off, pay attention to it."
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