What's the safest community for teen drivers in Illinois?
The answer is Glenview, according to Secretary of State Jesse White.
White honored Glenbrook South with the 2013 Teen Driving Safety Award for its drivers education program at a ceremony in downtown Chicago this Wednesday.
"Our driver education teachers are innovative and committed to the serious task of preparing tomorrow's drivers. Their state-of-the-art methods have set the standard for how the important concepts and skills involved in driving should be taught throughout the state," Glenbrook South Principal Brian Wegley said in a press release. "Their results include having the highest road test pass rate in the state and students who are truly prepared for safe driving."
Glenbrook South driver's ed department assistant John Skorupa said he has added many instruction techniques to the school's program over the years. Those include video cameras in cars (so students can review themselves), safety belt checks in the parking lot, online practice routes and a pledge drive to discourage texting while driving.
Students, teachers and administrators traveled to the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago for the presentation.