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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - November 24, 1957, Florence, South CarolinaBy Jack Glasner the schools of America teach our youth Al most everything in modern except the one thing they certainly will have to face every Day the automobile. Driver education is taught in about a third of our High schools which Means that Only a Small percentage of u. S. Teen agers learn How to drive through an organized program of classroom and to Hind the wheel experience. And surveys Indi Cate that trained Young Drivers have Only half As Many accidents and traffic violations As do their unschooled contemporaries. The National education association says Driver education is our greatest Hope for dealing successfully with the growing problem of Man and the motor police and safety authorities across the country agree that the Best place to teach Safe driving is in High school. This idea was endorsed wholeheartedly by Florence Gallagher miss Chicago of 1955-56 and a runner up in the miss America contest after she made a coast to coast trip speaking to teen agers As miss Driver education. She came away convinced that our kids want Driver education courses and that they know what the classes can do for their own safety. She especially remembers a Texas teen Ager s remark the training might keep us alive Long enough to make use of our Here arc some shocking statistics which keep parents awake at night and indicate that teen agers know what miss Gallagher was talking about every two minutes a person Between 15 and 25 years of age is killed or injured in an automobile Accident. These youths make up Only 15 percent of our Drivers yet they Are involved in 25 per cent of All Jatal accidents. Teen agers themselves Are doing some thinking about these appalling statistics and More important they Are acting. In new Orleans for in stance 60 High school members of the new Orleans teen age traffic safety Council have urged the following three pronged program 1. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Driver education in High schools and particularly emphasizing safety habits and Road Courtesy rather than just the technique of operating a car. 2. Stressing that parents must set a Good example when they Are behind the wheel or teaching their children to drive. 3. Increasing self government among teen Drivers especially by Means of student operated courts in the Community As Well As in the schools. As one might expect there s already a shortage of Driver training instructors. One trouble is Lack of funds and it has been suggested that this could be solved by an additional fee for Drivers licenses. The average Cost is now a year and safety experts believe that most citizens would not object to paying More if they could be shown that their Money was going for a lifesaving program. The Nea approved Driver education course consists of 30 hours of classroom study and six hours behind the wheel of a specially equipped car. Youths who take the course not Only have better driving records than those who Don to but they have a better mental attitude toward Safe driving too. Experts think this is one of the Best things about the program. Mental attitude is elusive to pin Down but per haps what one boy from an East coast school told miss Gallagher May illustrate it. Orphaned by an Auto crash the boy explained that his father always had been impatient with other Drivers and often took chances in passing slow cars. The boy added i Don t want to end up in a mashup because i did something wrong. But we Don t have Driver classes Here so where am i going to learn to drive the Way i there is no answer unless parents and inter ested citizens keep working to get Driver Educa Tion established As a regular part of the school program. The kids want it they know what it can do. Now it s up to their elders. Tto0ti a they can become Safe and sane motorists if we make driving a regular part of the High school curriculum. Miss Gallagher used newspapers. To radio and personal appearances to remind the nation that ignorance of the Auto age and its demands can result i untold tragedy. High school driving classes could reduce teen agers High Auto Accident rate miss Gallagher believes. Stiff sore Muscles Here s Quick Relief when weekend chores make Muscles say ouch you la get soothing Relief instantly when you Massage absorbing or. Into your skin. Absorbing or. Stimulates local circulation. Helps counter pres sure that makes Muscles ache. Soothes nerve endings. Absorbing or. Is famous for tote wonderful Relief it has Given hundreds of sufferers. Letters in our files Tell us so buy absorbing or. Not Greasy not Sticky it rubs in All the Way guaranteed satisfaction or Money will be refunded. Absorbing or. 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