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JUST DRIVE GETS FILL-UP WITH GRANT

TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK ROLLS INTO DEERFIELD BEACH

Date: October 25, 2013                                              PIO Number: 13-10-24

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2 p.m. Friday, October 25
Zion Lutheran High School
959 S.E. 6 Ave., Deerfield Beach


Teen drivers will be texting and driving today – but it will be on simulators to show the consequences of distracted driving.


The teen distracted driving program Just Drive developed by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue life safety educators debuted last spring and has accelerated around the county. Today’s event marks 10,000 total students who’ve participated in the program. Coincidentally, that same number was just awarded in grant funding dollars by the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA). The $10,000 will provide safety materials, certificates of completion and pledge cards to teen drivers who complete the program. “The awarding of the NEMA grant illustrates how popular the Just Drive program hads become,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “This funding will help the program continue its positive effect on our teen drivers.”


A recent study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows that a person is 23 times more likely to crash if he or she is texting. Another study reveals that young drivers send more text messages and/or emails while driving than their older counterparts – 44 percent of drivers age 18-20 have reported texting while driving and 49 percent of drivers age 21-24 have reported texting while driving.

National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs October 20 – 26, raises awareness of teen driver safety topics and encourages safe teen driver and passenger behavior. In addition to Zion Lutheran today, BSFR life safety educators presented Just Drive to Archbishop McCarthy High School students in Southwest Ranches earlier this week.

THIS REPORT BY:
Mike Jachles/PIO
10/25/13 1030

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