During an assembly Dec. 3, State Farm representatives presented a $25,000 check to Delta High School, one of just 45 Celebrate My Drive $25,000 winners across the nation. DHS was the only winning high school in Colorado.
The assembly was attended by regional State Farm representatives Matt Price, Laurel LaBonde and Tamara Pachl, as well as Delta agent Jerry Reiher and team member Bobbie Carmichael. Reiher and Carmichael worked with DHS staff and student council members to get the word out about making daily commitments to safe driving. The commitments were made online, and when added up, put DHS in the top 100 schools to win a Celebrate My Drive grant. Pachl encouraged DHS students to try for a grant again next year.
At least 10 percent, or $2,500, must be used to promote safe driving. Principal Derek Carlson announced the $2,500 will be matched to create a $5,000 scholarship fund for students who cannot afford driver's education classes. Ideas are being gathered on how to spend the remaining $20,000, Carlson said. The final decision will be made by a committee of students, staff and community members.
Safe driving was the focus of guest speaker Brad Millard, a master trooper and accident investigator with the Colorado State Patrol. He said motor vehicle accidents are now called crashes, not accidents, because 99 percent of them are preventable. Crashes are the consequences of poor driving decisions, Millard said. "Your car is a 4,000-pound bullet," he told students. "Whatever you hit, you will kill or destroy."
He told students in the audience they're twice as likely to be involved in a car crash as those over the age of 25.
He used the recent deaths of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas to illustrate his point. Walker, who starred in the "Fast & Furious" series of movies, was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas, a professional driver. Both were killed when their car smashed into a light pole and tree near Los Angeles. As with that incident, Millard said, speed is the number one cause of fatal car crashes. "The faster you go, the higher the risk," he said.
A video displayed dramatic footage of motor vehicle crashes and the impact poor decisions can have on the lives of those involved in the accidents, their friends and loved ones.blog comments powered by Disqus