Wilton High School Students Set Out to Curb Distracted Driving
Maya Naeem is a teacher at Wilton High School and an advocate of safer teen driving.
Last year Maya and her students joined forces with and non-profit organization called Impact Teen Drivers. Naeem harnessed the energy of the video and marketing club students, into safe driving awareness issues. She told I-95:
"Our committee, consisting of students, teachers, local police, and volunteers, has been actively involved in supporting awareness of safety for teen drivers. Last year, we hosted several events and attended sports venues to share information with local community members on the impact of teen drivers. We organized a 5k, each year money raised goes to a charity students select. The students have created various forms of media to reach all communities. I have attached our website and a 2-minute video sharing our journey to make a change in society!"
Naeem said this is a cause that is important to her:
"I personally have had friends who died during high school from distracted driving. Daily I hear my students share stories of how they were in a car or were distracted driving. As a parent and a teacher, I want to empower our children to make smarter choices!"
National Teen Driver Safety Week is in October but Naeem believes October should be Teen Driver Safety Month in America. She's urging our local leaders and politicians to get involved, and make it so.
This is important work the committee is doing. Naeem told me distracted driving is the #1 killer of teenagers, noting there are 4,000 teen deaths each-year due to distracted driving. Maya Naeem and her students believe that distracted driving is 100 percent preventable, and I agree.
These students are putting hard work into this cause. Last year they entered a statewide competition to promote safe driving and took home first place. Along with the top spot, they received a 10,000 dollar educational grant from NJM insurance.
The next goal is to attracting locals to their 2nd annual Race Ahead for safe driving 5k.
The event takes place on Saturday October 1, 2022 at Merwin Meadows (52 Lovers Lane) in Wilton, CT. While the event is focused on raising awareness for safer driving practices, it also helps other local charities. This year they will be raising money for First Candle, and organization that assists families who have lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Naeem and her students are asking for your participation, and that means everyone. They want other local schools to join them on their journey to promote safe driving.