Blogs

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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Oct
2
2012

Dealing with grief

By DriveitHOME

Families and individuals who have lost loved ones often struggle with how to deal with such profound losses. There is no certain way a person should grieve – there are many different stages and types of grief.

Here are some things experts advise families and individuals to consider when faced with the loss of a loved one – a heartbreaking experience for our HEARTS Network members and many others affected by crashes involving teen drivers.

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Sep
27
2012

Guest blogger: Lisa Malvin, UPS Road Code

By DriveitHOME

Guest blogger: Lisa Malvin, UPS

Lisa Malvin is a writer, a PR coordinator, and a social media contributor, as well as a member of the UPS Road Code team. She works with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and UPS Road Code to help teens understand the importance of safe driving and saying “No” to distractions on the road.

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Sep
25
2012

In our own words – Bonnie Raffaele

By DriveitHOME

In our own words
Submitted by: Bonnie Raffaele

All I ever wanted was to be a mom. That is what brings joy to my life, being a mom.

I know you hear it all the time, but Kelsey was the best child, even when she was a baby. Courtney, Kelsey’s twin, demanded more of my attention when they were small. Kelsey was content sitting there and watching me.

She was funny. She used to have me take pictures of her dad when he wasn’t looking. It was something that would annoy him, but she would get such a kick out of it.

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Sep
20
2012

“Kelsey’s Law” (S.B. 756) – legislation that will save lives

By DriveitHOME

Kelsey was a spirited 17 year old. She was fun, caring and had lots of friends. She and her twin sister, Courtney, had a great relationship. Kelsey was truly one of a kind. Her death devastated her family and those who knew her.

Kelsey was talking on a cell phone while driving and, distracted by her conversation, caused a crash that took her life. Kelsey’s parents had talked to her about the dangers of texting while driving, but not about the dangers of cell phone conversations – handheld or hands-free.

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Sep
14
2012

What parents need to know as teens return to school

By DriveitHOME

As your teen returns to school, add his or her driving habits to the list of things you need to review. Even though you already are vigilant about your teen’s safety behind the wheel, discussing the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing program will help both you and your teen avoid violating restrictions without even realizing it.

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Sep
11
2012

Anthony’s story

By DriveitHOME

Anthony Farrace had a plan. Not one to settle for mediocrity, Anthony made clear goals and intended to finish everything he started.

The 17 year old from Evesham, NJ, had the talent and the ambition to go with his million-watt smile. A multisport athlete and an honor student, Anthony excelled at nearly everything. As he prepared for his senior year of high school, Anthony was a candidate for the United States Naval Academy and aspired to graduate in May 2012 as a Marine Corps Officer.

His father, John Farrace, was among those in awe of his son’s desire and ambition.

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Sep
6
2012

Engaging teens in their own learning process

By DriveitHOME

As parents, we often believe we know what teens want and what is best for them. Sometimes it is better to assume the opposite; sometimes our teens can teach us.

Working to change the culture of teen driving cannot happen without help from the teens themselves. They need to be big advocates for their own safety. Here are some tips for helping your teen driver take an active role in his or her own learning process:

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Sep
4
2012

Kyleigh’s story

By DriveitHOME

Kyleigh had a contagious enthusiasm for life. At every moment she was fully present – enjoying life and loving the people around her. To Kyleigh, every day was an adventure. She welcomed the dull, awkward moments because she would transform them into a hysterical memory.

The self-confidence Kyleigh had was something you don’t come across often in high school students. Perhaps it was something she developed as an athlete – she played varsity soccer and lacrosse.

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Aug
31
2012

The Teen Safe Driving Coalitions welcome Ohio

By DriveitHOME

The Teen Safe Driving Coalitions and the HEARTS Network would like to formally welcome the Ohio Teen Safe Driving Coalition. While this coalition has been working with NSC for a few years, it is now a part of the coalitions being supported by NSC and The Allstate Foundation. If you know a family or individual in Ohio affected by a crash involving a teen driver, consider sharing information about the HEARTS Network. We want to reach as many impacted individuals and advocates as we can to ensure families know they are not alone in their grief, and teens remain safe on our roads.

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