Teens race towards safer driving

By: Brandon Smith

CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Students from eight south central Pennsylvania counties competed in a safe driving competition at the Radison Hotel in Camp Hill on Tuesday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation along with the PA Motor Truck Association, Highway Safety, and Traffic Safety Associations hosted the event.

Drivers were judged on their knowledge of perceptual driving skills as well as safety knowledge.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners received $5000, $3000, and $2000 and get a chance to compete against drivers statewide.

"This is really the age to make sure these kids know as much as they possibly can, so that it isn't learning necessarily driving behaviors from mom and dad, or brother and sister. They know what the laws are. They know what the drivers manual says," PennDOT spokesperson Fritzi Schreffler said.

Sydney Keller, from Carlisle High School, took first place overall.