Teen driving program at Kmart today

PARKERSBURG – “Celebrate My Drive,” a teen safe driving program promoted by State Farm, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the south Parkersburg Kmart parking lot along Division Street.

Parents and grandparents can bring their teen drivers and potential drivers to this event. The goal is to show the dangers of drinking and driving, texting and driving and to promote safe driving habits, said Dan McPherson, State Farm insurance agent in Parkersburg.

Prizes, gifts and games will be available.

Professional Radiator is providing the golf carts for teens to drive through a coned course using fatal vision goggles (simulating drunken driving). There will be a second coned course with the teens given the objective of texting and driving.

DuPont is providing the Seat Belt Convincer and tractor-trailer to present information on the safety issue of following too closely in a vehicle.

The state of West Virginia is providing a drunken-driving simulator. Parkersburg city police, Wood County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint where teens will be wearing the fatal vision goggles to simulate being drunk.

Pifers Towing will be providing a wrecked vehicle for the Parkersburg Fire Department and the local volunteer fire departments to demonstrate the Jaws of Life extraction.

Other businesses will be offering displays and education as well as local civic and school organizations volunteering their time.