TCC students host successful traffic safety awareness event

April 25, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 25, 2017) – As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, Tallahassee Community College students facilitated an event to educate their peers on the dangers of distracted driving Thursday, April 20.

The “Taking Action on Distraction” event was organized and promoted by students in TCC journalism professor Reggie Grant’s mass media class.

“Hundreds of students attended the event to learn about traffic safety and how to keep themselves, and others, safe on the road,” said Grant, who helped to guide his students in their marketing and event planning strategies.

Two state representatives currently sponsoring bills to improve traffic safety, Emily Slosberg and Richard Stark, participated in the event along with Grant’s students.

“Representatives Slosberg and Stark were encouraged to see students rallying around a cause that is dear to their hearts,” said Grant. “They encouraged us to continue to lobby the Legislature until Florida’s weak distracted driving law is given some teeth.”

One centerpiece of the event was a crashed car from an accident caused by distracted driving, presented by the Informing More Pupils About Auto Crash Tragedies organization. The front driver’s side quarter of the sedan was crushed and warped beyond recognition, with the driver’s door folded in on itself.

The vehicle had been driven by a 17-year-old high school student who lost control of it due to looking away from the road, according to IMPAACT spokesman and retired Florida State Trooper Philip Stuart. The young woman ultimately lost both of her legs following the accident.

Additional exhibits included a rolling car simulator and various “drunk goggle” devices provided by the Tallahassee Police Department, and a number of information tables presented by event sponsors.

The event took place outside of the Lifetime Sports Complex on the College’s main campus.

For information, contact Reggie Grant at (850) 201-8055 or grantr@tcc.fl.edu.