On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech about his dreams for our society. MLK used his voice to make a difference about the problems that those around him had created, and today I wish to do the same. As a teen driver it frightens me to know that in the United States, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds is nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). As teens we need to stand up and realize that we are the only ones who can change our statistics. We take distractions like cellphones and or even the weather and laugh because we feel like we’re invincible, but the fact is that we aren’t. We endanger our lives every time we get in the car and decide to check that text, or answer that call. That’s why today, I have a dream that one day we will have zero teen fatalities on Virginia’s highways, and with your help one day it will be possible.
Submitted by: Ashlyn Wolfe, student at Stuarts Draft High School and member of the YOVASO Youth Advisory Council