Barber's Bob Green speaks at Danbury Hospital

Skip Barber Racing School instructor Bob Green reiterated his call for improved current driver education, particularly among teens, when he addressed an audience of 275 at the John Creasy Auditorium at Danbury Hospital. Green's presentation...

Skip Barber Racing School instructor Bob Green reiterated his call for improved current driver education, particularly among teens, when he addressed an audience of 275 at the John Creasy Auditorium at Danbury Hospital. Green's presentation included a discussion of emergency driving skill procedures and an overview of the "Crashing is a Bummer" program, a pilot program designed to introduce teens to a wide range of important driver techniques and skills. Green is convinced that today's novice drivers are just not prepared to handle complicated, emergency maneuvers; that the dangers on our roads are real but can be addressed.

The meeting, sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Porsche Club and open to the public, had been arranged for weeks but could have been in response to the grim statistics Green presented, six fatalities and 18 hospitalized teens from recent car crashes. Concerned parents and teens alike embraced the teacher/instructor's message, whose casual, but effective, delivery gets attention. He occasionally injects humor into his sessions, allowing him to connect with his younger audience. As a result of the recent accidents and calls for action, a bill to increase teenage driver requirements is going to be introduced to the Connecticut State legislature this year. Other states have instituted similar requirements and procedures to deal with the issue of teenage driving accidents and fatalities. A representative from the Connecticut Commissioner of Motor Vehicles office was among those in attendance and interested in what Green had to say.

The competitive racer and former high school teacher had spoken at the hospital last year and described the teen driving safety program he had developed for schools. The program is likely to benefit from a scheduled partnership with Danbury Hospital to promote and sponsor this event within the broader community.

The nascent "Crashing is a Bummer" program is licensed by the Dodge/Skip Barber Driving School, the single largest driving school in the world.

- Andrew Torres

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