Auto Club Hosts Teen Driver Safety Fair



(LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2008) The Automobile Club of Southern California will host a AAA Teen Driver Safety Resource Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Longo Toyota in El Monte to kick off the state of California’s designated Traffic Safety Week.

The state proclaimed the week of April 27 to heighten awareness about the 4,000 fatalities on California roadways annually.

The event, which is free, will be held at the dealership, 3534 N. Peck Road. The event will be aimed toward helping teens and parents to learn about community organizations that provide information and education for young drivers and parents.

The Auto Club and local community groups will offer information on teen-driver topics, including a presentation on California’s Graduated Driver Licensing law, which has been updated and enhanced since it went into law 10 years ago. Auto Club Driver Services, the California Highway Patrol, the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, the El Monte Police Dept., MADD Los Angeles, Journey Safe and Safe Moves are participating in the event.

“Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of deaths for teens,” said the Auto Club’s Driver Services Manager Kathy Downing. “To help reduce these tragic occurrences, the Auto Club is hosting a series of traffic safety resource fairs for teen-age drivers and their parents around the Southland.”

A previous AAA teen driver safety fair event held in Rancho Santa Margarita last fall drew more than 300 participants, she added.

The event also will celebrate a future opening of an Auto Club Driving School at Longo Toyota with state-certified driving instructors. Enrollment information also will be available at the fair. New drivers also will be able to take their vehicles through a teen-oriented “car fit” with seat-belt, foot pedals, mirrors and seat-height adjustments to ensure that teen drivers are “correctly fitted” to the vehicle they drive for safety and road visibility. The event also will feature a rock wall that demonstrates a drop similar to the impact of a 20 mph car crash.

Participants also will receive a copy of DriverZed, an interactive CD that helps teens become safer drivers. The event also will offer food, music, contests, and giveaways like gas cards, and movie tickets. For more information about the fair, call 714-885-2312.