Valdosta Daily Times

February 23, 2014

‘16 and Super Safe’ encourages driver safety

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Local State Farm agent Bubba Highsmith hosted “16 and Super Safe” on Saturday morning at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.

Highsmith, along with Valdosta Police Sgt. Mike Adams, talked to teenagers and their parents about driver safety and training.

Adams talked to teens about traffic laws, tickets, curfews, general safety and being prepared in the event of traffic stops, also advising teens to never leave the scene of an accident which involves them, even if the accident seems insignificant at the time.

Highsmith recommended that teens be wary of letting other people drive their cars for non-emergency reasons.

“When you give your keys to a friend, you are lending out your parents’ liability,” said Highsmith.

He advised teens to carry paper copies of their insurance cards in case Georgia’s Georgia Crime Information Center system is down when they are pulled over.

He also talked about insurance discounts for teens, including a good student discount for teenagers with a 3.0 or higher grade point average, a driver’s training discount for teenagers who complete a course, and a Steer Clear Discount that State Farm offers to teenagers who download and complete their Steer Clear App.

Highsmith encouraged teens to document as much as they can in the event of an accident and to report any accidents to their parents.

“When you call them and say, ‘Mom, Dad, I’ve been in an accident,’ they’re not going to be thinking about the money. They’re going to be concerned about their child.”