by Mike Talbott
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. According to 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control seven teens ages 16 to 19, died every day from motor vehicle injuries.
Per-mile driven, teen drivers are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and over to be in a fatal crash.
One local man did not like these statistics and decided to do something to help change them.
Alejandro Sanchez is a Big Lake resident, an international marketing consultant, a former race car driver, and, perhaps most importantly, the leader of Monticello’s Teen Accident Avoidance Driving Course.
The year-round courses are held once a month. The youth driver training is supported financially by Monticello Rotary Club fundraisers such as “Taste of the Towns,” which returns next Thursday for the fourth time.
At the age of nine, Sanchez began driving the back roads of Mexico, and since then, he knew he loved to drive. Becoming a race car driver at 20, and gaining insight into his life as he was becoming older, he realized that he had never had an accident on the track.
See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the full story.