Driver Safety Focus at BHS


This week the Bellefontaine High School celebrated National Teen Driver Safety Week.

School Resource Officer (SRO) Doug Walters at Bellefontaine High School (BHS) has been chatting with students to bring more awareness to safe driving.

This week – and every week, teens have important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and the number of passengers in their vehicles.

Walters told students to know the facts:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States.
  • 2,608 people were killed in crashes involving a teen passenger vehicle driver (15-18 years old) in 2022, of which 861 deaths were the teen driver.
  • Too many passengers is one of the leading causes of accidents with teen drivers ages 15 to 18

SRO Walters placed the BPD’s speed trailer out at the intersection of Lake and Harding Avenues with the following message, “GET UR HEAD OUT OF UR APPS-W8 2 TXT.”