Blogs

Nov
19
2012

Justin’s story

By DriveitHOME

Justin Martinez’s popularity meant people always wanted to get in touch with him.

If a family member or friend needed to talk, the 19 year old from Harris County, TX, wanted to be available. Justin’s listening ear and caring heart drew people to him. His outgoing personality and genuine smile made others feel comfortable, and he had a knack for making those around him feel important.

So when the cautious and responsible teen received a phone call while driving on July 20, 2011, he answered it.

This time that call, which lasted 29 seconds, was deadly.

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Nov
15
2012

Andrew’s story

By DriveitHOME

Andrew was a popular 17 year old who loved swimming and playing lacrosse. His social personality kept him busy, but he respected that his parents wanted to check in regularly. Andrew dutifully answered whenever his mother, Marlene, called and he was out with friends.

On the evening of Nov. 23, 2009, the high school senior was riding home with four friends after a movie in a vehicle driven by a newly-licensed teen. Andrew answered his mother’s phone call despite being just 10 minutes from home to let her know he was safe and would see her shortly.

Andrew never made it home.

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Nov
13
2012

In our own words – Teresa Cottrell

By DriveitHOME

In our own words

Submitted by: Teresa Cottrell

Veronica was a sweet, caring, kind, soft spoken, happy and gentle daughter. Many family and friends said she had a sublime presence about her. Behind her quiet demeanor was a daughter who had an enormous amount of interests, skills and attributes that became more evident as she grew into her own.

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Nov
8
2012

Nov. 8 is national Parents as Teachers Day

By DriveitHOME

There are many opportunities for teachable moments when parents ride with their teens. The driving environment often includes complex situations such as left turns, passing on two-lane roads, driving at night and scanning roads for pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. Coaching teens as they learn to drive is incredibly important, especially since teens cite their parents as having the most influence over their own driving behaviors.

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Nov
6
2012

Caleb’s story

By DriveitHOME

Caleb Sorohan had uncanny timing.

The 18 year old from Rutledge, GA, had an infectious smile and knew exactly when someone needed to see it. That genuine grin made Caleb’s younger sister, Alex, and brother, Griffin, feel as if their bond went beyond blood. There was a certain ease about Caleb that seemed to soothe those around him, and Alex knew life’s difficulties always would be easier with her brother at her side.

Alex still clings to that faith, knowing Caleb smiles every day for her even if she can’t see him.

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Nov
2
2012

John’s story

By DriveitHOME

John Sligting routinely went out of his way for anyone who might need his support.

A father to three daughters and a grandfather to four grandchildren, John balanced the demands of his job and spending quality time with his family. He was passionate about both. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter and climbed the ranks to Captain at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Waukegan, IL. He was president of the International Association of FireFighters Union and the national delegate of his local chapter. John was loved by all who met him. He was a dedicated father and firefighter.

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Oct
23
2012

Guest blogger: ADEPT Driver

By DriveitHOME

ADEPT Driver is extremely honored that our teenSMART program was recognized by the National Safety Council with the Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award for its crash reduction benefits for teen drivers.

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Oct
15
2012

National Teen Driver Safety Week – seven days of safe driving lessons

By DriveitHOME

Parents with new drivers should be vigilant about safe driving every week of the year. This week (Oct. 14-20) is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and it is a good time to reiterate the importance of safe driving with your teen.

Make a point to discuss one aspect of safe driving each day with your teen. Here are some things to review:

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Oct
11
2012

Veronica’s story

By DriveitHOME

At her National Honor Society induction ceremony, Veronica Cottrell beautifully, albeit unwittingly, summarized her life.

To commemorate the accomplishment, the 17 year old from McHenry, IL, selected a derivative of a Leo Rolsten quote: “The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to matter, to be productive, to be useful and to have it make some difference that you had lived at all.”

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Oct
5
2012

Coalitions – a model for enacting change

By DriveitHOME

Traffic safety professionals teach us how to change the culture of teen driving at the community, state and national levels. They build effective models based on their personal observations and experiences. When two well-known traffic safety professionals and teen driving experts, Pam Fischer and Felicity DeBacco-Erni, spoke at the 2012 Lifesavers Conference about mobilizing individuals and organizations at a grassroots level to form coalitions dedicated to enacting change, we knew parents and elected officials needed to hear their strategies.

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