LEONARDTOWN, MD – On October 14, 2015 the St. Mary’s County Board of Education recognized community efforts and the ongoing partnerships that maintain the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Young Driver Safety Program.  This continuing partnership has promoted safety and education of young drivers since 2008.  

The Board of Education issued a resolution recognizing the Young Driver Safety Program and National Teen Driver Safety Week declaring the week of October 19th through 23rd, 2015 to be TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK in all St. Mary’s County Public Schools.   The Board encourages all young drivers and supporting adults to learn what they can do to improve driving behaviors for themselves and others.

Student assemblies focusing on young driver safety have been scheduled once again this school year to take place in all three St. Mary’s County Public High Schools.  The student assemblies are coordinated annually in the fall as part of the Young Driver Safety Program.  This year students will hear the story of Liz Marks who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash while reading a text message.  Ms. Marks was 17 years old at the time of the crash and the presentation by Ms. Marks and her mother provides an intense focus on the dangers of distracted driving.

The student assembly schedule for each high school is:

 Monday, November 9, 2015 at Leonardtown High School from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
 Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Chopticon High School from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
 Monday, November 16, 2015 at Great Mills High School from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

If you would like additional information about the Young Driver Safety Program or the student assemblies contact the Department of Safety and Security at 301-475-5511, extension 32235.