On April 25, students from Tuscarawas County schools participated in the 24th annual Teen Driving Roadeo at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds to win cash and fame for themselves and their schools.
This year the event was sponsored by Safe Communities of Tuscarawas County. Safe Communities is a federal traffic safety grant through the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) that has been awarded to the Tuscarawas County Health Department for the second year.
This event is made possible by funds from the Tuscarawas County Foundation grant as well as help from the Sopher Insurance agency, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, OSU Extension, Tuscarawas County Senior Center, Parkway Auto, Subway, Domino’s, Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Chief’s Association, WJER, WBTC, Coroner’s Office, Juvenile Probation, Robert Bray of the Honda Goldwing Group, Smith Concrete, Chief’s association, School Coordinators, community volunteers, and the Dover, Sugarcreek, and Gnadenhutten Police Departments.
Organizers said, "This annual event is geared to help young drivers learn better maneuverability skills, rules of the road, and to make them think about their actions when driving. According to Ohio State Patrol statistics, the number of young people being injured and killed on Tuscarawas County roads continually decreases. We like to think that our Teen Driving Roadeo has been one of the reasons."