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A new program was introduced at Calhoun County High School on Tuesday, Nov. 10. “Strapped For Cash?” was initiated at the school parking lot by State Farm Insurance. Tim Moore was assisted by Brenda Bush and Terry Hickman.


During National Teen Driver Safety Week, the State Farm staff handed out dollar bills to teen drivers who had their seat belts fastened when they passed the check point. Thirty occupants received dollar bills, while 41 did not qualify.


Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the U.S. Six out of 10 drivers, ages 16-20 who were killed in crashes, were unrestrained. Almost two-thirds of three teens killed as occupants of motor vehicles are unrestrained.


A friend told me of a near tragedy when his grandson was in an accident and was not wearing a seatbelt. The young men were going from school to a nearby practice field. The young athlete was a front-seat passenger. When the vehicle in front stopped suddenly, it caused their car to stop and the passenger was thrown forward, hitting the windshield. They were then hit from behind and a backseat passenger came forward and hit heads with the young man. He was then thrown to the right-side window for a third blow. He is recovering, but missed the last three games of his junior year, and suffered severe headaches from the concussion. His grandfather said, “He is now the first one to insist that all persons in the vehicle fasten their seat belts.”


Parents can make a difference. Remember, too, that any adult who touches a child’s life can be a parent. The material furnished to us by Tim Moore describes the difference between four styles of parenting:


--The Permissive Parent says, “I’ll trust you to do the right thing.” They trust, rather than monitor.


--The Uninvolved Parent says, “Kids will be kids--you’ll learn from your mistakes.” They set few rules, do not monitor, and offer little active support.


--The Authoritative Parent says, “I care, and I’ll give you the freedoms you earn, but for safety-related issues, you’ll do as I say.”


--The Authoritarian Parent says, “You’ll do as I say.” They set many rules and closely monitor, but offer little support.


You can make a difference. You might even save a person’s life. Train a teen to be a safe driver. “Train up a child in the way   he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it.  --Proverbs 22:6.


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