Bedford Co. Students and Parents to Hold Safe Driving Forum

Bedford Co, VA - Parents and teens in Bedford County are teaming up with an expert from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the teen safe driving program YOVASO for a special forum on the string of recent fatal accidents in the area.

The forum will be held on December 17 at 7 p.m. at Staunton River High School.

Staunton River has been hit hard with two accidents that killed three students.

The meeting is open to all teen drivers and their parents.

Experts say that in the time it takes to watch a movie, people can help to stop the cycle of deadly accidents.

"All I ask is that parents, give yourself and your kids 90 minutes that could save your life, or your child's life."

Herbert Krebs is the father of a 16-year-old Staunton River High School student.

"He is getting ready to drive. Got his learners and is supposedly gonna get his permit in January," Krebs says.

But before Krebs will let that happen, the father and son will attend the teen driving forum at the school.

Krebs is organizing the event with help from another Dad who sadly also knows the pain from losing a child from a fatal car accident.

"I lost my oldest daughter Brittany, when she was 15. She was a passenger in a car driven by a 16 year old friend, a teen driver, " said fellow parent Tim Groover.

Since losing his daughter in 2002, Groover has made teen driving safety a personal mission through an organization called BEDCO CARES.

Groover will be on the discussion panel that will also include students.

"It's not about changing highways or changing laws, things like that. It's about changing behaviors," Groover says.

"Ideas that the board and panel's gonna have that they could take and use right away that could possibly save their children's lives the next day," added Krebs.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown will represent the law enforcement community on the panel.

Sheriff Brown has a personal connection to the discussion and concern. He also lost his only son, 17-year-old Matthew Brown, in an accident back in 1997.

The Sheriff himself discovered that accident.