Blogs

Dec
21
2012

HEARTS in the news

By DriveitHOME

A few of our HEARTS Network families recently have been featured in the news.

In Michigan, Bonnie Raffaele’s advocacy efforts came to fruition on Dec. 14 with the passage of Kelsey’s Law, a piece of legislation named in her daughter’s memory that bans teens from using cell phones while driving. Bonnie was interviewed by several media outlets across the state.

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Dec
19
2012

State of cell phone distracted driving – where are we now?

By DriveitHOME

In January 2009, the National Safety Council became the nation’s first organization to call for a total ban on all cell phone use – handheld and hands-free – while driving. NSC reached this decision after more than 50 studies showed the dangers of cell phone use while driving, including research concluding that hands-free devices offer no safety benefit.

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Dec
15
2012

At long last, Michigan Legislature passes Kelsey’s Law

By DriveitHOME

Early in the morning on Dec. 14, 2012, Michigan became the 33rd state to pass a law prohibiting teens from using cell phones while driving.

S.B. 756, also known as Kelsey’s Law, passed the Michigan Senate in March 2012, but it took until the end of the year during a lame-duck session to push the bill through the House. It now is headed to the governor’s desk.

S.B. 756 is named after Kelsey Raffaele, who passed away in a crash she caused because she was talking on her cell phone while driving. Below is Kelsey’s story.

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Dec
11
2012

In our own words – Betsy Steele

By DriveitHOME

In our own words

Submitted by: Betsy Steele

Garison was a son, grandson, nephew and my only child. Together we built Joyful Sound Christian Academy and Church and brought inspiration to many families and young people. Garison loved people of all ages and took pleasure in making life enjoyable for others. He truly loved his life and people were impacted by his personal zeal for living.

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Dec
7
2012

A Teen’s Perspective: How to start a youth initiative

By DriveitHOME

Teens must understand the role they play in keeping themselves safe and their peers safe behind the wheel. Becoming involved in a teen-led safety group at school is one of the best ways to learn about the issue and spread the word through creative and innovative activities. One of the most rewarding things about high school was my involvement with the school’s SADD Chapter because we did so much to help our peers understand why they needed to make good decisions, on and off the roads.

Schools without teen-led groups can start them. It’s easy!

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Dec
5
2012

What is MAP-21?

By DriveitHOME

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which is a two-year reauthorization of surface transportation programs. It more commonly is referred to as MAP-21. This bill was the first multi-year transportation authorization enacted since 2005, and it will provide more than $105 billion to fund surface transportation programs in 2013 and 2014. Funds from the previous bill ended in 2009 when the bill expired, but had been temporarily extended nine times.

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Nov
29
2012

What is cognitive distraction?

By DriveitHOME

As new drivers gain experience behind the wheel, parents should discuss the importance of eliminating distractions, especially the use of cell phones – handheld and hands-free. This is one behavior that is dangerous regardless of the amount or type of driving experience one has had.

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Nov
22
2012

Parents, renew your commitment to keeping teen drivers safe

By DriveitHOME

From: Charlene Sligting, National Safety Council

Charlene Sligting is the Victim Advocate for the National Safety Council. Charlene manages the HEARTS Network, which provides a national platform for victims of teen driving crashes who want to share their stories to help reduce crashes and keep teens safe behind the wheel. HEARTS, which stands for Honoring Everyone Affected, Rallying The Survivors, is managed by the National Safety Council and initiated in part by The Allstate Foundation.

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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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