TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)- More than 200 high school students attended the Kansas teen transportation safety conference in Topeka.
Wednesday's conference is a part of the Kansas-created S.A.F.E program (Seat belts Are For Everyone). It is designed to give students a better understanding of the issues surrounding transportation safety.
Students who attended learned from traffic safety professionals through classes and interactive demonstrations
Students participated in hands on sessions such as a blind spot test. This demonstration allowed the students to sit in the driver's seat of a tractor trailer so they could see for themselves the blind spots from the point of view of the driver.
Other demonstrations included a texting and driving simulator that showed students the dangers of multi-tasking on the road.
There were many other demonstrations and classes, led by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, that showed them the dangers of both impaired and distracted driving.
Ford Co. Sheriff's Office Master Deputy Eric Fischer believes that it is important for young drivers to learn the dangers of distracted driving.
"They're out on the roadways, there's a lot of distractions, the speeds are greater, the vehicles aren't as safe as what they were back in the day. That's the biggest message, for them to be safer on the roadways for themselves and everybody else that are around," Fischer said.
Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for children in the U.S.