NASCAR Visits Tempe Campus to Promote Safe Driving

On September 9, 2010, representatives from Cricket Communications and the National Driving Safety Institute stopped by Pinnacle Education’s Tempe West Campus to talk to students about the dangers of texting while driving. Every year, an average of more than 5,000 young drivers (ages 16-20) are killed in passenger vehicle crashes. Research shows that the probable cause of young drivers’ increased risk comes from inexperience, immaturity and inappropriate behavior. One of the many distractions that increase risk of crashing is texting while driving.

In an effort to bring attention to this serious problem and make students aware of the dangerous consequences of texting while driving, NDSI has teamed up with Cricket Communications to offer a unique safety education program. The XCD (Exceed) Driver Improvement Program was developed by NDSI and is designed to help young drivers learn valuable safety skills while receiving hands-on understanding and training about the impact of responsible driving.

During the visit, NDSI Executive Director Steve Carvajal talked to students about the risks and dangers of impaired driving and urged them to put the cell phone away when they are on the road. He also allowed students to sign the Cricket Pledge Banner, pledging to drive safe and avoid impaired driving. Along with the lesson in safe driving, Carvajal and a Cricket representative showed off Cricket’s NASCAR race car to the students in attendance.

In conjunction with their activities with high schools, Cricket Communications and NDSI will host a free event for 100 high school drivers on September 25, 2010 at Tempe Diablo Stadium. There will be complimentary food, free giveaways and entertainment at the event and families of participants are encouraged to attend. All students who participate in the event will go through driving safety training on a variety of motorized vehicles. There will be four courses that participants will go through that are designed to teach specific skills, including Slow Speed/Vehicle Awareness, Accident Awareness/Threshold Breaking, Reaction and Distraction Drills.

If you would like to know more about the event, or register as a participant, visit the NDSI website.

~ by pinnaclepov2224 on September 13, 2010.

One Response to “NASCAR Visits Tempe Campus to Promote Safe Driving”

  1. Great public awareness campaign! Here is an actual tool that insurance companies are supporting to combat the text and drive epidemic. If its OK with this website, here is a public press release from PRLog that explains this low cost, smartphone app solution called OTTER that insurance companies are endorsing:

    Erik Wood, owner

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