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Facility NewsMacomb County teens will learn on April 24 what all teens need to know- that you need the focus of all your faculties to be a safe driver. They will participate in a program called Get SHARP designed to demonstrate the importance of good judgment at all times.

Get SHARP takes place on Tuesday, April 24th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kart 2 Kart Indoor Karting and Conference Center, located at 42705 Van Dyke Avenue in Sterling Heights. 30 selected students from Henry Ford High School, Stevenson High School and Sterling Heights High School schools are expected to participate. It is not open to the public.

In the program presented by Kart 2 Kart and the Sterling Heights Rotary teens will learn about the dangers of driving distracted(texting) or under the influence of alcohol The SHARP Sterling Heights Alcohol Reduction Program is presented with the Sterling Heights Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau, Sterling Heights Fire Department and the 41A District Court.

Nearly 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving according to the American Automobile Association. In 2008 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that driver distraction was the cause of 16 percent of fatal crashes and 21 percent of crashes resulting in injury or 5800 deaths and 515 injuries.

The program follows other teen driver awareness programs Kart 2 Kart has presented with the Sterling Heights Police Department over the years with additional instruction on the dangers of distracted driving- particularly texting and using cell phones. Best Buy of Utica is sponsoring the “texting & driving” go kart experience that will demonstrate the dangers and consequences of texting and driving.

Without touching a drop of alcohol, teenage drivers can get behind the wheel in this special program at Kart 2 Kart and discover for themselves why sober drivers are safer drivers in this special program. The experience of drunk driving takes place on Kart 2 Kart’s indoor kart track where their performances as “impaired drivers” are monitored, analyzed and rated. The teen drivers are fitted with special goggles, placed in modified go-karts under expert supervision.

“Experience can be a most valuable teacher,” Tony Eckrich, Kart 2 Kart Managing Member, said. “New drivers have a lot to learn in their first few years on the road. One of the most important lessons is that alcohol and drugs impair their skills as drivers. Our program is designed to put kids in a temporary, ‘impaired state’ in hopes they never forget it in real life.”

Kart 2 Kart is the only facility of its kind presenting teen driver awareness programs. Since the inception nearly eight years ago, nearly 550 teens have gone through programs there.

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