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Mom Remembers Son Through Driver's Education

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"My goal is to get some form of driver's education back in the schools because the kids need it!"
Christine Baughman is a mom on a mission, helping organize this teen risk reduction workshop at Ringgold High School Wednesday.

It's in memory of her son Tony, a Silverdale High senior who died in January 2012 in a single car crash on I-75.

Sadly, it was an accident he may have survived, if he was only wearing a seat belt.

"We're gonna talk about car wrecks and what we do when we get there, because a lot of times its just us three for a little while," says Catoosa Paramedic Ansel Smith, just one of the many professionals taking part in this risk reduction program.

It highlights how teens can protect themselves from the numerous pitfalls that can appear while they're behind the wheel.

"Automobile accidents are the number one killer of teenagers, has been for the past 20 years, I and I just don't think people realize this," said Baughman.

But it's not just teenagers dying behind the wheel, according to the Georgia State Patrol, motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of all people, aged 5 to 44.

"Everyone thinks drugs and alcohol and things like that, but cars are the biggest problem," says Baughman.

All the added distractions for the youngest of drivers are here, driving while texting, drug and alcohol awareness, even using a safety belt.

For Ringgold High freshman Dylan Davenport, he gets the message, "I believe this is a great way for people to gain experience as to what they should know and what can help them in the future," says Davenport.

Wednesday's seminar cost approximately $5,000. Baughman hopes to hold similar events at other area high schools if able to raise needed funds.

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