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Life on the streets takes on a whole new meaning when you're a firefighter/paramedic. The streets are where the crashes occur... where the windshields are shattered... where the injuries are violent... where lives are forever changed. It's these kinds of life-changing experiences that create the backdrop for a dramatic, gripping program called Street Smart presented by Stay Alive from Education (S.A.F.E.). More >>

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For young adults, life on the streets for beginning drivers can be quite frightening and very intimidating at times. Many teenagers find themselves literally at a fork in the road. The question is either to drive responsible or to drive carefree with the intents of impressing their peers. It all comes to down to using "Good Judgment". More >>

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For young adults, life on the streets for beginning drivers can be quite frightening and very intimidating at times. Many teenagers find themselves literally at a fork in the road. The question is either to drive responsible or to drive carefree with the intents of impressing their peers. It all comes to down to using "Good Judgment". More >>

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S.A.F.E. is working with the Military to educate our youth for the prevention and resolve of tragic accidents. Step by step the Miltary exercises routine emergency scenerios and teaches the correct protocol along the way. These exercises also stress the importance of safety and accident awareness. More >>

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by Andrea V. - Dr. Phillips High School

I must say, honestly that was the best in-school presentation I have ever seen. Your program is great and I enjoyed watching the presentation, because it really gets through to the kids. I also like the fact that you don't say "don't do this and don't do that because it is wrong." you explain things thoroughly and make us understand how serious the situations actually are. Thank you for coming to my Driver's ed class. Take Care.

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Teens learn to be safety ambassadors for their peers
Mar. 03,2014 Teens learn to be safety ambassadors for their peers
St. Petersburg, FL (July 16, 2013 - WTSP 10 News) -- Students from across the state are hoping to spread a lesson that could save lives. The students are becoming safety ambassadors at the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition\'s Leadership Academy taking this place at All Children\'s Hospital. Car crashes are still the number one killer of teenagers, accounting for more deaths than the next two leading causes for that age group combined. The new texting and driving ban which will go into effect in October may help cut down on some of the deaths, but safety experts say that is just one step. As part of their training, retired Tampa firefighters Greg McCarty and Ronnie Garcia showed the students what they often find when arriving on an accident scene. They strapped 17-year-old Shawn Donaldson of Gaston County onto a gurney for a vivid reenactment. \"All of them think, \'It\'s not going to happen to me. This\'ll never happen to me -- it\'s always someone else,\'\" said Greg McCarty. \"But when we actually take of their classmates, one of their friends...we put them through a crash, we strap them to a board, we show them the tubes and needles that we use to save somebody\'s life, then it starts hitting home.\" \"It really hit home with me because that\'s how my father passed away -- from a car accident,\" said 17-year-old Alexis Bergsten, of Vero Beach. The group also toured the emergency room at All Children\'s Hospital, where some young accident victims wind up. They learned that seat belts are still the best way to avoid accidents. The goal is for the students to take what they\'ve learned at the leadership academy and create a program at their own schools to help keep teens safe. \"It\'s one thing for us adults to say, \'You\'ve got to buckle up when you get in the car,\'\" said Danielle Branciforte of the Teen Safe Driving Coalition. \"But it\'s another thing to be in a car and have that teen passenger say, \'I\'m gonna get out of the car if you don\'t put your seatbelt on.\' Or, \'I\'m not comfortable with you texting and driving.\' When they\'re telling each other that in the car it\'s a lot more impactful.\"
Safety program's impact means no impact for teen
Mar. 03,2014 Safety program's impact means no impact for teen
June 5, 2011 Toby Mincey could have been forgiven if his mind had wandered that April afternoon. He was 18, a few short weeks away from graduating from North Stokes High School and suffering a case of senioritis. Toby Mincey walked away from this car accident because he was wearing a seat belt. College was a few short months away. His folks had gotten him a used car ? a 2000 Saab. New, exciting avenues in his young life were opening, so another boring school-wide assembly wasn\'t at the top of his list. This particular assembly, a program called Street Smarts, had all the signs of something a kid would tune out. Adults would yammer about safe driving, wearing seat belts, the dangers of texting while driving and the like. To the 18-year-old ear, surely it was going to sound like the principal on a Charlie Brown television special: Wah-wah-wah-wah. Except it wasn\'t. \"It was mesmerizing,\" said Ronnie Mendenhall, the principal at North who has seen more than his share of sleepy kids during assemblies. \"We have 425 kids here, and you could have heard a pin drop. There was absolute silence.\" Little did anybody know, least of all Mincey, the white noise of a safe driving program soon would pay huge dividends. Paying off On its face, the Street Smarts program looks to be a clever marketing scheme. It\'s sponsored by a Winston-Salem law firm, Daggett and Shuler, noted for its aggressive advertising. The flaw in that theory is that Street Smarts is an offshoot of a program Dave Daggett has been running for 21 years ? Safe, Sober Prom Night ? in more than 30 area high schools. You don\'t do something that large for more than two decades as a publicity stunt. Daggett hopes it\'s kept at least a few kids from drinking and driving on prom night but allows \"you can\'t prove what didn\'t happen.\" Anyway, the Street Smarts presentation developed into kind of a \"scared straight\" program for young drivers. Rescue personnel, firefighters and paramedics worked up a snappy, fast-moving program with plenty of whiz-bang graphics and videos, perfect for Generation Xbox. \"It was a very forceful presentation,\" Mendenhall said. \"It was about an hour long, perfect for our school.\" There was one other thing, too, that really captivated a captive audience at North Stokes. \"They had a whole bunch of pictures of trauma patients who\'d been in bad wrecks,\" Mincey said. \"That really made me pay attention.\" \'What happened?\' Prom night at North Stokes came and went without incident. Parents, teachers, administrators all breathed a collective sigh of relief. A few days later, though, on Monday April 18, the relative calm of spring break for students at a sleepy rural high school was broken. Mincey had gone to spend the night at a friend\'s house the night before, and they decided to head out to see what the day held in store for them. A few minutes after pulling away from the friend\'s house, disaster struck on a country road near Sandy Ridge. \"I thought I was going about the speed limit. I\'m really not sure,\" Mincey said. \"I\'d just pulled out, and the music was pretty loud. I was adjusting (the stereo); there was a really high-pitched noise coming out of it. I was totally concentrating on that. \"Next thing I know we were going off the road. My passenger warned me ? I looked up and remember seeing a tree that was part of a row of fence posts. The second we hit that tree, I started yelling \'What happened?\' \" What happened was that the Saab was totaled in a matter of seconds. The airbags deployed as they were supposed to, and the seat belt that Mincey had never used before sitting through that dull presentation just a week earlier had left a welt across his neck. \"We both said, \'Thank God we had those seat belts on,\' \" Mincey said. \"I\'ve had my license since I was 16 , and I didn\'t normally wear it before that presentation.\" Small price to pay Mincey and his friend walked to the nearest house they could find ? neither had a cellphone ? and placed the dreaded phone call home. But it sure beat having a state trooper knocking on the door. \"He\'d just gotten out of his vehicle and sounded more worried than hurt,\" said Toby Mincey Sr. \"All I knew is we had to get to him.\" The car, Mincey Sr. said, was \"a sight to see. It was an absolute miracle. The seat belts and the airbags definitely saved them. We tried preaching to them that everybody needs to buckle up.\" A state trooper showed up at the wreck scene and issued a citation for unsafe movement. \"Operating a vehicle at greater speed than prudent for the existing conditions,\" Mincey said, reading from his ticket. Considering what easily could have happened, a bruise on the neck, a traffic ticket and sitting through an hourlong assembly for a lesson that saved a kid\'s life are a bargain anybody would make. By Scott SextonWinston-Salem Journal.
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ForFor young adults, life on the streets for beginning drivers can be quite frightening and very intimidating at times. Many teenagers find themselves literally at a fork in the road. The question is either to drive responsible or to drive carefree with the intents of impressing their peers. It all comes to down to using "Good Judgment". More >>

Military Personnel

S.A.F.E. is working with the Military to educate our youth for the prevention and resolve of tragic accidents. Step by step the Miltary exercises routine emergency scenerios and teaches the correct protocol along the way. These exercises also stress the importance of safety and accident awareness. More >>

Important Stats you need to know

For young adults, life on the streets for beginning drivers can be quite frightening and very intimidating at times. Many teenagers find themselves literally at a fork in the road. The question is either to drive responsible or to drive carefree with the intents of impressing their peers. It all comes to down to using "Good Judgment". More >>

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

One text takes a driver's eyes off the road for about 4.6 seconds... Learn more »

During a 30-minute commute, the average driver plays music for 21 minutes... Learn more »

8% of parents said they had caused an accident because of a crying child... Learn more »

82% of pets ride in cars, often unrestrained... Learn more »

More than 8 in 10 people eat or drink while driving... Learn more »

In a simulation, cell phone talkers got in more accidents than those driving drunk... Learn more »

Women applying makeup while driving cause 500,000 crashes every year in the U.K... Learn more »

Of those who own a GPS, 41% set it while the car is in motion... Learn more »