If you were driving on East Coast Highway near Promontory Point Drive on Wednesday morning, chances are you’re aware of the deadly car crash that took place. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, but Costa Mesa resident Steve Needis, 58 years old, hit a pole in his Nissan Maxima and was pronounced dead later at the hospital.
In other news, a vehicle plunged off a cliff in Newport Beach, falling 200 feet and landing in a creek below East Coast Highway near Reef Point Drive in Newport Beach just before 5:00 a.m. last Saturday morning. Firefighters were able to rescue the driver, who called 911 from his car. The driver suffered from a broken arm, but no major injuries.
Finally, Daily Pilot writer Emily Foxhall writes:
The Newport Beach Police Department received a $282,910 grant to help prevent death and injury on local roadways from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to a news release.
The grant will be used to fund a year-long program that will include special traffic compliance measures and public awareness efforts in the city. Specific undertakings to be funded include motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement and speed enforcement.
Police will also conduct sting operations to catch any individuals who might drive away from court after their driver’s license is revoked or suspended. Repeat offenders of driving under the influence who are on probation may be observed too.
The programs come as part of an ongoing aim to use both enforcement and education tactics to better ensure safety on the road, according to the release.
Take a few minutes to check your local news and you’ll see that driving safety, car accidents, and auto-related deaths are definitely not in short supply here in Orange County – or anywhere in America, for that matter. But we have a lot of drivers on the roads here in Southern California, so it is all the more important to ensure our drivers understand what it takes to follow traffic laws and use proper techniques and just plan good sense when they are behind the wheel.
Safety 1st Driving School is devoted to helping Orange County teenagers – our most dangerous demographic of drivers – learn the skills and techniques they need to safely navigate city roads and freeways, and to make responsible decisions before getting behind the wheel as well as while they are driving.
We are more than just driving instructors who want our students to pass the DMV exam and get their license. We try to mentor our students, treating them as we would our own children, so they will be SAFE. Isn’t that what we want?
We are doing everything we can to reverse the statistics against teenage and young adult drivers, and we need your help. Here are some things you can do to pitch in – after all, it takes a village.
Here are some tips on Teaching Orange County Teens Safe Driving Skills
1. Model it!
One of the most important things we can do is to model safe driving. That means:
- obey the speed limit
- always wear your seat belt
- do NOT text or talk on your cell phone while driving – show them IT CAN WAIT!
- obey traffic laws: use turn signals, stop at crosswalks, give pedestrians the right of way, come to a complete stop at stop signs, stop at yellow lights when possible, etc.
- be patient with other drivers
2. Talk about it.
In addition to showing your teens what safe, responsible driving looks like, take advantage of opportunities to talk to them about driving and various situations that arise while you’re behind the wheel. With your teenager in the car next to you, point out things and ask what they think you should do, or if you see someone else making a poor choice or risky maneuver while driving, point it out and provide a better solution.
3. Be a part of your teen’s driver education.
We understand you’re busy, and you can’t always drive the 50 hours with your kid. But you can still be involved in their driver education – before they get their license AND after! Because as well all know, they will continue to be a “student driver” for quite a while even after they get their license!
- Ask them what they believe are their strong and weak points while driving
- Ask what makes them nervous behind the wheel
- Talk to their driver’s ed instructor about things they need to work on and ways you can help them improve
- Set boundaries for them after they get their license – no nighttime driving, no driving with friends, etc.
- Continue to ride with your teenager and check in on their progress
We will do our part to ensure your student driver learns what they need to – help us solidify a good driver’s education experience for your child!