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Hundreds of students attend Traffic Safety Days in Williamson Co.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Teens are most at danger when they are behind the wheel and Williamson County wants to do something about that.

Williamson County held its 7th annual traffic safety days April 14 through April 17.

The event is intended to reinforce classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction for Driver's Education students. 

Presentations and hands-on activities were done to bring safe-driving information to the students. 

Officials say the event is sponsored by local businesses and corporations and the Illinois Department of Transportation, allowing the schools to participate with no cost to the schools or students.  

Throughout the week, a new group of students came in and were divided into six groups hearing presentations from work zone safety to a no-zone semi demonstration.

There were nine presentations included: Work Zone Safety, Motorcycle Awareness, Operation Lifesaver, Distracted Driving, No-Zone Semi Display, Seat Belt Convincer and Roll-Over Simulator, Street Smart and Agricultural equipment.

Students say the hands-on activities were a real eye opener.

“You can say there's no zones here and there,” Sesser high school student, Katelynn Baine said. “But when you actually get in it, you can actually see where you need to stay clear of because it's not so clear in a text book.”

“One thing that they're pushing here today is wear your seat belt,” Anna-Jonesboro high school student, Meghan Smith said. “And I completely understand, you know because they showed us these videos of these teens that are our age that have been in wrecks and haven't survived and that's hard on your families and your siblings and your loved ones.”

Since the Williamson County Traffic Safety Days started in 2009, the number of teen crashes throughout the county has had a dramatic decline.

About 1,700 students showed up to this event throughout the entire week from 29 different high schools in southern Illinois.

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