St. Louis Public Radio News
9:57 am
Fri March 7, 2003

Meeting Held on Fatal Crashes Involving Young People

Oakville, MO – Police officers, school officials and students in south St. Louis County met today to discuss what to do to avoid
more fatal car crashes involving young people.

St. Louis County Police Major Tim Fitch says the department will train officers to better educate teens. They're also looking into programs sponsored by other organizations to offer alternatives to
dangerous road practices. One idea is to allow teens opportunities to drive on race tracks under controlled conditions.

Solutions could include greater parental involvement and increasing penalties for traffic violations by young drivers.

In the past year and a half, eight teens have been killed in south St. Louis County accidents, including two fatalities since
the start of this year.