Police remind residents to drive safely this summer

Photo by Zeinab Najm. A wrecked car sits in front of the Dearborn Police Department reminding drivers about their responsibilities on the road and making good decisions while behind the wheel.

Photo by Zeinab Najm. A wrecked car sits in front of the Dearborn Police Department reminding drivers about their responsibilities on the road and making good decisions while behind the wheel.

DEARBORN — With the warm weather and summer approaching, police are reminding young drivers and their parents to be alert while on the road.

Many of these crashes are avoidable if young drivers can be convinced to use common sense and good judgment while driving, police said.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, killing between 5,000 and 6,000 children and young adults every year.

Drivers and passengers under 21 years of age represent 23 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities each year.

Police officers in Dearborn and across the country are aware that during this time of the year they will be called on to investigate a fatal or critical crash involving a young and inexperienced driver.

The DPD will host a press conference at 11 a.m. June 1 in front of the Police Department, 16099 Michigan Ave., to promote the importance of making good decisions behind the wheel and driving without distraction.

Representatives from local high schools, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, AAA Michigan and Ford Motor Co’s. Driving Skills For Life program will be attendance.

“It is our hope that we can help encourage safe, mature and responsible teen, or S.M.A.R.T. drivers,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “If our entire community works together to promote safe driving, we can ensure that Dearborn remains a safer place to live, work and visit.”

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