Teen driving symposium

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for high school teenagers. But, the Fair Housing Agency of Alabama is trying to put an end to the deaths. Every month, members of the agency are now going out into the community to make teens more aware of risky driving practices.

Alabama ranks second in the nation in teen driving deaths. In fact, a teen died just this week in a car accident in Brookwood. Another teen is in critical condition. Members of The Fair Housing Agency of Alabama held their fourth symposium on safe driving, hoping to make a difference in the lives of young drivers.

"We all share the roads together." Which is why Chave Leverette and Larry Lawson wanted to empower themselves with information to keep them and other drivers safe.

Enrique Lang with The Fair Housing Agency of Alabama says "This in itself will be a huge advantage to reducing the high rate of teen automobile fatalities here."

Lawson says "It's scary, it could have been me. I think about that all time."

Representatives of The Alabama Fair Housing Agency of Alabama visited the YMCA in Alabaster to talked to young drivers about how to modify risky driving behaviors." Lang says "We try to emphasize to teens to stop using that cell phone when they're driving." Leverette says "You always see don't text and drive, but I didn't know it was actually put into law."

Lang says the agency is reminding drivers about the laws along with telling ways to avoid distractions. "One of the things we ask them to at the symposium is to make an agreement with themselves and their parents and peers they're not going to text and drive or talk on the cell phone while driving."

Lang says Alabama is second in the nation with in teen driving fatalities. The latest statistics from the CDC show that in 2010.. 7 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Lang hopes discussions like this will make a difference. "The most viable way to not just interact but get a youth or teen to do something that's gonna be beneficial to them is to engage them directly."

The agency received a grant from the Allstate and Geico foundations to put on the event. Lang says there will be one to two symposiums in cities across Alabama every month.