Cindy Cohen School of Driving Partners with KDKA-TV Ford Driving Skills For Life Program To Teach Safe Driving To Teenagers in Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh driving school Cindy Cohen School of Driving partners with KDKA-TV Ford Driving Skills For Life program.

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“I’m proud to help make a difference in the lives of teens and their families. Whether through one-on-one driver instruction or general awareness programs, any effort to increase the safety of our roads is good for the community,” says Cohen.

Cindy Cohen School of Driving, a driving school in Pittsburgh, has partnered with the KDKA-TV Ford Driving Skills For Life program, which is a global initiative that teaches safe driving to teenagers and their families.

Cindy Cohen School of Driving will be joining KDKA-TV, Neighborhood Ford Store, Governors Highway Safety Association, and Allegheny County Pretrial Services to deliver 1-hour presentations to high-school students on the leading cause of teen deaths behind-the-wheel.

Following the presentation will be a Q&A session allowing students to ask experts directly about how to earn a license, satisfy Pennsylvania rules of the road, and other topics related to safe driving in Pittsburgh and elsewhere.

“I am incredibly excited for this opportunity to spread safe driving habits to more teenagers,” says Cindy Cohen, owner of Cindy Cohen School of Driving. “We teach thousands of students each year through the driving school, but by partnering with this program, we can add a multimedia dimension to our presentation, reach more people, and present new angles for expressing to teenagers how important it is to drive safely.”

Evolving driving laws create new pressures on traffic safety educators to keep teenagers aware of emerging best practices. For example, “distracted driving,” the practice of texting or using the phone while driving, is shown to be almost as dangerous as drunk driving. In response, Pennsylvania legislators in 2016 passed Daniel’s Law, named in honor of Daniel Gallatin, who was killed when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a driver who was texting. Daniel’s Law enhances the penalties for texting while driving when resulting in injuries or death. Lawmakers are currently considering a “hands-free” phone requirement altogether while driving.

Driver education for new drivers, taught through professional driving schools and awareness programs, is shown to decrease the risk of traffic violations, injuries, and fatalities. A new study of 150,000 drivers by the Nebraska Prevention Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse concluded that “Teens taking driver education are less likely to be involved in crashes or to receive a traffic violation during their first two years of driving. Because teen crashes and fatality rates are highest at ages 16-18, these reductions are especially meaningful. Driver education appears to make a difference in teen traffic outcomes at a time when risk is highest."

“I’m proud to help make a difference in the lives of teens and their families. Whether through one-on-one driver instruction or general awareness programs, any effort to increase the safety of our roads is good for the community,” says Cohen.

*Cindy Cohen School of Driving provides driving lessons in Pittsburgh for teenagers and adults and partners with local schools, businesses, safety associations and health clinics to spread awareness of safe driving practices.

**Media Contact: Cindy Cohen, Owner of Cindy Cohen School of Driving, (412) 580-3997

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