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St. Clairsville students participate in car inspection program

Updated: Tuesday, April 29 2014, 06:16 PM EDT
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio -- The harsh winter weather left behind serious vehicle damage, in some cases capable of impacting driver safety.
In an effort to ensure that its students are safe behind the wheel, St. Clairsville High School invited AAA to inspect students' vehicles Tuesday afternoon. The rainy, dreary weather didn't stop the second consecutive year for student vehicle inspections. It's all aimed at keeping students safe and on-the-go.
Technicians discuss detected problems and hand out an inspection sheet to take drivers.
The AAA driver inspection program is held in conjunction with prom week.
"We're just checking out tail lights, front lights, any type of thing with the engine, kind of give an overview on the oil, checking tire pressure, making sure everyone has a safe, fun prom," said St. Clairsville senior Matt Mamone, who, along with a few classmates, looked over a few cars.
It's just one of nearly a dozen of these student inspections taking place throughout AAA Ohio territory this spring.
There's a reason for that.
This past winter, AAA experienced a record number of roadside assistance calls.
Experts estimate that 40-50 percent of these calls could have been prevented with routine maintenance.
And statistics show teens have the highest crash rate of any age group.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety reports in 2013 more than 27,000 teens experienced crashes in Ohio.
"Last year we were out here for the first time and we came and we inspected the students' vehicles and 76 percent had at least one fault," said Kimberly Schwind, AAA senior public relations manager.
 "I took part in it last year and got my vehicle inspected," St. C. senior Abbey Maroon said. "It was really helpful because I didn't realize I had a tail light (out) I didn't know about."
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