The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) is continuing on in its efforts to help keep our teens safe and out of potentially fatal car accidents throughout the state of Florida with another installment of its Education & Prevention Program (EPP).
According to The Examiner, this program reaches more than 10,000 Florida high school students and was created to help teach these kids about the dangers of dangerous driving habits, spinal cord injuries and other consequences of car accidents in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere.
This year’s presentation campaign, called “Prom Patrol: Keeping Teens Safe,” will be showcased at various South Florida high schools from the 23rd of April through the 4th of May.
Prom Patrol will be reaching out to South Florida teens in an attempt to promote positive habits and behaviors while teaching students about the dangers of distracted driving, drinking and driving and other dangerous prom-night behaviors. These messages will be conveyed through the program’s video presentation, “It Could Happen to You,” during the event.
Our Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys understand that teens face some of the highest risks for car accidents during this time of the year. They get to look forward to prom, to graduation and to summer break. What many overlook and fail to recognize are the risks that they face on our roadways. Teens, mile for mile, actually have the highest rates of accidents. Let’s all work together to spread the message of safe and responsible habits behind the wheel to our young drivers. Speaking up and reaching out may be one of the most effective ways to help keep these young ones safe on our roadways during this dangerous time of the year.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation started back in 2002. Darrell Gwynn, the President of the Foundation, is a successful race car driver and team owner. Back in 1983 he took the top spot at the NHRA World Championship driving a Top Alcohol Dragster. Later in 2001, he was voted as one of the “50 Greatest Drivers All-Time” by NHRA. Just a year later he was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Now, he lives in Weston and uses his time helping to keep our roads safe for everyone. During this time of the year it’s the young drivers he targets.
Parents are urged to join in on Mr. Gwynn’s efforts and reach out to the teen drivers in their lives. These teens may not be old enough to drink, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. Of the teen drivers who were killed in car accidents last year, about a third of them were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Parents are urged to keep an eye on their teen’s prom plans. Make sure these plans don’t include booze. It’s also a good time to talk with them about the importance of focus behind the wheel. These young drivers are more likely than any other group of drivers to engage in distractions behind the wheel.
If you or the teen driver in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale or in any of the surrounding areas, the Broward personal injury attorneys at Freeman & Mallard are here to help you to understand your rights and are here for you, ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Call today to schedule a free and confidential review of your case, 1-800-561-7777.
Darrell Gwynn Foundation Drive To Keep Teens Safe For Prom, by Alice Meikle, The Examiner
More Blog Entries:
Car Accidents in Riviera Beach and Elsewhere Targeted by FHP Safety Campaign, Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney Blog, April 2, 2012
Teens, Distracted Driving and Car Accidents in Fort Lauderdale and Elsewhere, Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney Blog, April 4, 2012