Blogs

Aug
30
2012

Remembering Anthony

By DriveitHOME

Anthony Farrace was a 17-year-old boy from New Jersey who was killed in a crash in July 2007. Anthony had been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy, and he would have graduated this June. To remember their son, Anthony’s parents, John and Claudia, will be hosting the fundraiser, “Dinner and Dancing Under the Stars” from 6-10 p.m. EST on Sept. 15 aboard the USS New Jersey (BB62). All proceeds will benefit The Anthony J. Farrace Memorial Foundation, which John and Claudia established in Anthony’s honor.

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Aug
30
2012

Sharing HEARTS – consider sharing with us

By DriveitHOME

Thank you to all HEARTS members who have shared their personal stories with us. We are happy to tell your story as part of our profile series, Sharing HEARTS. Your stories add a human dimension to the statistics and serve as reminders that teen driving issues are real, and the need for change is urgent.

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Aug
28
2012

A teen’s perspective: One crash changes everything

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

August 10, 2012 was the day my driving behaviors changed forever. On my way home from work my car’s engine light turned on. I proceeded to turn into the nearest gas station. As I was pulling up to the gas pump, I saw a car backing up fast. Worried that the car would hit me, I slammed on my car’s horn. The other driver, who clearly wasn’t paying attention, ended up hitting the driver’s side of my vehicle.

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Aug
23
2012

A Teen’s Perspective – Nighttime Driving

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

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Aug
21
2012

Tim’s story

By DriveitHOME

At 16 years old, Diane Grabowski did not think her son, Tim Schiefelbein, was ready to drive or accept all the responsibilities that come with the privilege. Best to have her son wait another year, Diane thought. She would rather try to protect him.

After spending a year watching his friends drive, Tim got his license.

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Aug
16
2012

Ni-hao, Beijing

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

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Aug
14
2012

A Teen’s Perspective – Buckling Up

By DriveitHOME

“Click it or Ticket” is a commonly used campaign that reminds the public to wear their seat belts. Growing up, I was never aware of the consequences of not wearing a seat belt until I viewed the IL State Police’s rollover and convincer simulators. These simulators showed me what happens to your body when you don’t buckle up. I began to share my concern for my peers and made it known that seat belt use is an expectation in my car. Today, I will not start my car until everyone is buckled up.

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Aug
9
2012

Helping your teen drive at night

By DriveitHOME

Driving at nighttime is a dangerous practice for newly-licensed teens. Visibility is poor and there is a higher likelihood of impaired or fatigued drivers. Also, late outings often are recreational and teens who usually follow the rules may become easily distracted or take risks.

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Aug
7
2012

In our own words

By DriveitHOME

Submitted by: Alex S. – Caleb’s sister

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Aug
2
2012

Owen’s story

By DriveitHOME

Owen Brezitski carried a crisp dollar bill in his hand and walked with his family across the marked crosswalk outside Bishop McDevitt High School after his sisters’ band concert on St. Patricks Day 2011.

The 8 year old had received the dollar from his grandfather because Owen had been so well-behaved during the concert. He told his family as they crossed the street that he wanted to go to McDonald’s. It was St. Patrick’s Day, after all, and he wanted a Shamrock Shake.

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