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Attorney Eddie Farah Thinks the Kids Are Alright: Two Boca Raton Teens Spread Distracted Driving Awareness

Posted on April 26, 2012

While the Florida Legislature can’t seem to make up its mind about the dangers of texting and driving, two juniors from Spanish River High School in Boca Raton have decided to step up and become the adults in the room.

“National Day of Awareness to Not Text and Drive” started as a school leadership project organized by two Boca Raton teens to emphasize the dangers of texting and driving to their peers on the high school grounds. What started as a high school assignment has expanded to become a grass roots movement and a full-blown music festival on the Florida Atlantic University campus.

The Rock2Live Music Festival scheduled for April 28 will feature music acts, celebrity endorsements, and driving simulators all in the hope of making teens more aware of the dangers of texting and driving. The two youthful organizers have also contacted schools from across the nation to participate via a live simulcast of the festival. All participants will receive a free cellphone app that prevents texting or receiving texts while a car is moving.

One of the students who created the event stated that the motivation for establishing the campaign was partly rooted in both of their personal driving experiences. “We both got our licenses recently and have both had close calls,” he said. “We see so many people not paying attention.”

Distracted driving was responsible for 3,000 crashes among 15- to19-year olds in Florida last year and the student/creator hopes that the teen-centered awareness campaign will help bring those numbers down.

“This problem is getting worse, no matter who you talk to, all over the world,” he told the Sun Sentinel.

Personal injury attorney Eddie Farah applauds the initiative these two young men have taken to raise teen awareness of the dangers of distracted driving on Florida’s roads and highways. If you need more information concerning the Rock2Live Music Festival, you can go to Rock2LiveFest.com.