The J.P. Taravella High School DECA chapter and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) hosted an outdoor assembly to bring awareness of the consequences of distracted driving as a part of their Distracted Drivers Destroy Dreams project. With more than 300 students, the FHP allowed students to ride in a safety belt convincer and witness the effects of not wearing a seat belt through a rollover simulator.
Sergeant Mark Wysocky spoke to the audience about local high school students who have suffered in the past few years from injuries and fatalities associated with distracted driving crashes. Students left each assembly with Distracted Drivers Destroy Dreams key chains. The project will continue with a post-project survey and parking lot observation of safety belt use.
Pictured (top): Crash Dummy Larry looks on as student experiences the seat belt convincer; (bottom): Taravella students and staff with Larry, the Crash Dummy, and FHP officers after learning about the effects of distracted driving.