Oil City – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Youngsville Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA), and Northwest Regional Safety Network, Friday held the first Warren County teen driving competition in Youngsville, Pennsylvania in coordination with area high schools and business partners.
Eighteen students from six high schools competed for more than $1,000 in prizes, and a spot in the statewide contest for a $5,000 scholarship.
The competition included a series of tests geared toward determining who the county’s top teen driver is. To qualify for the competition, each student is required have a license or combination of a permit and a license for at least one year, during which time the teen could not be involved in a crash or receive a traffic citation.
Pennsylvania State Police, local law enforcement officers, professional truck drivers, and other driving experts were on hand to administer the exams. The competition challenged the teens to demonstrate their skills and knowledge through a combination of a slow-drive obstacle course, a pre-trip vehicle assessment, as well as written and perception tests.
Derick Nowacki of Warren High School earned the top spot in the competition and was awarded $1,000. Second place and $500 went to Dominick Diethrick of Eisenhower High School. The third place, $300 prize was awarded to Ian Proctor of Youngsville high school.
The Youngsville High School three-person team of Proctor, Nathan Lehman and Kyler Bosko had the highest group score and were awarded the team trophy.
Nowacki and Diethrick are eligible to compete in the statewide competition scheduled for May 9 in Camp Hill. The first, second and third place finishers in that event receive scholarships worth $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.
Business partners in the Warren County driving contest included Calvert-Pearson Insurance Group, AAA East Central, Jones Chevrolet, The Galley, Warren County DUI Task Force, XPO Logistics, and FOP Lodge 83.
From more information on teen driving, visit www.penndot.gov/safety.