On Nov. 30, 2013, Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were killed in a single car accident after leaving a charity function in Southern California. Although high speed car chases and street car racing add a dose of excitement to movies, the accident proves that driving at unsafe speeds can have deadly consequences.
Even though we've all seen the warnings that talk about professional drivers and controlled conditions, the recent incident involving Walker, a notable star of “The Fast and the Furious” and several of its sequels, demonstrated that even professional drivers can make mistakes. In addition to playing a role as an avid street racing enthusiast in “The Fast and the Furious” films, Walker was also a professional race car driver, participating with friend Roger Rodas in various Pirelli World Challenge Series races as driving team partners.
"Improv Traffic School™ expresses deep sorrow to the friends and families of both men and believes that valuable lessons could be learned from this unnecessary tragedy about the dangers of driving at excessive speeds on city streets, even for professional car drivers," stated Gary Alexander, President/CEO of Interactive Education Concepts, Inc. "Improv Traffic School™ aims to share that lesson nationwide through introducing theNational Drive Safer Challenge. Each year, approximately 33,500 people are killed and over 2.36 million people are injured in vehicle-related crashes nationwide, and speeding is one of the leading causes of these crashes."
To participate in the Remember Paul Walker National Drive Safer Challenge, all you have to do is send an email or a text message to friends and family with a pledge to not speed or street race. By doing so, you are also encouraged to reach out to those same friends and family members and get them to join the challenge and take the same pledge.
"I ____________ remember Paul Walker. I pledge to drive safer and hope you do too. Stay alive– think before you drive."
It may only be a few simple words, and involve only a click of the mouse and a few quick emails, but if it saves only one life, it has made a difference.
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