Ravens Striving for Safe Driving
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Who has your project aimed to reach?
Community at large
The objective of our project was to hold people accountable for driving safely, from businesses down to teen drivers.
Target Audience: Identify the group or groups that are the target of your project Our project was targeted at state legislators and businesses to warn against using mobile ordering while driving. Our project also targeted soon-to-be and current student drivers.
Within our school we worked to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. We hosted the Hang Up and Drive presentation featuring Jacy Good who miraculously recovered from a crash caused by a distracted driver that claimed the lives of both her parents and left her partially paralyzed. The presentation was viewed by the entire sophomore and junior classes. We also integrated our project in more fun ways, such as a Safe Driving Spirit Week and performing a dance during our fall pep rally. We created several display cases in the main hallway that featured facts about distracted driving and tips on how to be a safe driver. We hosted monthly contests in the spring to earn the Safe Driver of the Month parking spot by completing short quizzes on safe driving. We created daily videos for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April that were shown during our morning announcements to the entire school. Our project message was spread into our community by presenting our work at the State of Our School event that was open to all parents in the district, where we gave out t-shirts and asked attendees to sign the safe driving pledge. We also gave all high school staff a safe driving car magnet so they could continue to spread the importance of not texting while driving back to their hometowns. Outside of our school we are working with Senator Greenstein to introduce legislation requiring businesses that feature mobile ordering on their apps to warn drivers to not utilize that feature when driving. We have a draft of the resolution ready to be brought in front of a committee this month. We have used social media to spread our messages of safe driving beyond our school and community through all components of our project as well.
We have photos within our project that show our team working together at the different events and meetings.
Use of resources:
We are working with Senator Greenstein as part of our campaign. We also worked with Jacy Good to bring the Hang Up and Drive presentation to our school.
Use of media:
We created a PSA for the Just Drive contest, along with daily PSA videos we aired during our morning video announcements at our school.
We posted campaign news and the provided graphics on our Instagram (@rville2025). Our school Instagram (@rvilleproud) reposted many of our news, as did a parent-run Facebook group called Robbinsville Community for Schools. We had an article written about our campaign on tapinto.net (https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hamilton-slash-robbinsville/sections/giving-back/articles/robbinsville-high-school-s-class-of-2025-urging-peers-to-drive-safely).
Our project demonstrates an understanding of teen driving safety because we considered the ways teens are often distracted behind the wheel. We chose to highlight cell phones as teens are distracted by this more than other distractions on the road. The Hang Up and Drive presentation we hosted showed students the real consequences cell phone use while driving can have on people, from the driver to the family of those whose car is hit. Our legislation idea also is focused on using cell phones while driving as teens feel that it’s allowable to order food on mobile devices otherwise that option would not be there despite its dangers.
We used Google Forms to collect data on aspects of our project. We had 111 students provide feedback on the Hang Up and Drive presentation. We had an overwhelming response on the feedback about how students will change their driving habits for the better, or help their friends or family members be better drivers. We had 60 students enter the March safe driver of the month contest and are still collecting responses for our next contest. Through our legislation we hope that we will see overall improvements over time in statistics related to distracted driving.
Our project has left a lasting impression on students and staff. Many students still talk about the Hang Up and Drive presentation, as well as our PSA videos, to this day. Many students said in the survey sent out that they would be talking to their family and friends about what they learned.
Unexpected Lessons Learned:
Many staff members were moved by the Hang Up and Drive presentation. The administration also wants to make this a repeated assembly for our school.
Your school received a stipend to support your Champion School Teen Driving Safety Project. Additionally, any funds that you raised as a result of your project must be reinvested into transportation safety. The purpose of this report is to itemize expenditures for your project that were paid from the stipend
Hang Up and Drive – $2000
Car magnets – $400
Bus to awards – $202
Total – $2602