High school students attend safety summit in D.C.

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Trumbull County Career and Technical Center student Alex Lischak talks about his involvement in the Teen Safe Driving Summit in Washington, D.C.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two Valley high school students are visiting the nation’s capitol to help promote youth safety, especially on the road.

Stephanie Walton and Alex Lischak are both seniors at Trumbull County Career and Technical Center. They are attending the NOYS – Teen Safe Driving Summit in Washington, DC.

In the last 10 years, Ohio has had more than 1,000 teen fatalities from car crashes. The students hope to decrease this statistic by educating their peers.

As participants of the summit, Walton and Lischak will become more aware of the importance of teen driver safety through presentations, testimonies, simulations and multiple training workshops.

“They are teaching us about the importance of teen safety and we are going to bring it to our school,” Lischak said. “Hopefully, our school brings it to their community and the community will help change laws and help change the mindsets of what a lot of people are thinking.”

“I honestly just don’t want to see young people dying because of something that could be easily prevented,” Walton said. “I don’t want to see more brilliant young minds wasted because of their careless mistakes, or even someone else’s. Driving safely should always be a top priority, not only for teenagers, but for everyone in general.”

When the teens return, they will implement several traffic safety projects at their school and in the community.

They also plan to host a big event called, “2016: Safest Summer Ever.”

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