Blogs

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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Jul
26
2012

Getting your teen the experience he or she needs while learning

By DriveitHOME

Many parents believe teens crash because of their behavior behind the wheel. In actuality, inexperience is the leading cause of teen crashes. A teen driver’s crash risk is highest during the first six months and 1,000 miles of driving independently. You can help combat these risks by following the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing laws and continuing to ride with your teen even after the required supervision period ends.

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Jul
20
2012

Kelsey’s story

By DriveitHOME

Kelsey Raffaele wore bracelets around her right wrist in memory of Brett and Chucky.

The 17 year old from Sault Ste. Marie, MI, missed her friends – Brett succumbed to cancer and Chucky drowned in a river. Kelsey worked on a two-page memorial spread for the Sault Area High School yearbook to honor Brett, and she told her family she hoped to be with both of them someday.

The yearbook came out in the spring of 2010. It tragically included a memorial page for Kelsey just behind the one she had so carefully designed for her friend.

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Jul
19
2012

Teen to parents: We’re watching you

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

Learning how to drive is one of many responsibilities for teens. My parents played a vital role in my learning to drive and did whatever possible to ensure I became a safe driver. The first time my dad took me driving I felt I had all the freedom in the world.  I was not worried about any of the crash statistics or dangers of distracted driving. However, my dad was a driver’s education teacher at the time, so he made sure to make me the best possible driver I could be.

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Jul
18
2012

Cell phone use and driving – a deadly combination

By DriveitHOME

We know teens crash at three times the rate of more experienced drivers and that more than 5,000 people die each year in crashes involving teen drivers. Those numbers are horrifying enough without adding this one: drivers using cell phones are four times as likely to crash.

Drivers of all ages use cell phones while driving, but teens in particular are frequent offenders. The Pew Research Center found more than half of drivers ages 16 to 17 report talking on a cell phone while driving.

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Jul
12
2012

When friends can be fatal

By DriveitHOME

Distractions are one of the largest factors in teen driver crashes, which makes carrying teen passengers a seriously dangerous practice for newly-licensed teens. Teen passengers may be loud and rowdy, or encourage the driver to engage in risky behaviors such as speeding, not using a seat belt or using electronic devices. Additionally, teen passengers significantly increase a teen’s already high crash risk. One teen passenger can increase your teen driver’s crash risk by as much as 48 percent, and three passengers can increase it by as much as 307 percent.

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Jul
10
2012

Getting teens to buckle up

By DriveitHOME

Getting teens to use seat belts can be a challenge. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that of fatal crashes involving people ages 16 to 20 in 2010, 60 percent of those killed were not wearing a seat belt. With teens crashing at three times the rate of more experienced drivers, getting them to demonstrate safe practices behind the wheel is critical.

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Jul
5
2012

My Perspective by Laura Saldivar

By DriveitHOME

Written by: Laura Saldivar

With nearly 5,000 U.S. teenagers dying every year in car crashes, I am thankful for all of the new legislation that is out there preventing the No. 1 killer of young people.  Most youth believe they can multi task and think a crash can never happen to them. In reality, it can happen to anyone. A simple look at a text message while driving is like driving blind folded. These new laws will help end the epidemic of teen car crashes.

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Jul
3
2012

Johnny’s story

By DriveitHOME

On Christmas Eve, Monica Brown’s house is filled with laughter.

From somewhere she cannot identify, Monica summons a unique courage and gathers those she loves around her table to celebrate when celebration seems impossible.

That’s how her son and only child, Johnny Rice, Jr., would have wanted it.

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