Drive Safety

Drive Safety

COLEGIO REGIS
2015/2016
20

After a car accident involving a student of our school, we decide to participate in this project to make drivers more conscious of the risks. This is a huge problem in our community, and there have been a lot fatal accidents close to our school.

The ideas

We live in a city with a high percent of automobile accidents, the majority involving teenagers driving under the effects of alcohol. We therefore wanted to bring attention to this problem and make a campaign at our school about responsible driving behavior, since we have lived the consequences with one of our classmates who had a car accident. He was not guilty but the other driver was speeding.
Our campaign targeted every single student at our school between fifteen and eighteen years old, which is the age when they start going out at night, drinking and driving.
But we also talked about other topics like not using a seatbelt, exceeding the speed limit, not respecting the road signals, or using the phone to call, text or even play music when you are driving; these are constant problems in our community.
Taking into consideration these problems, we thought about a way to make people conscience of them and decrease their occurrence.

The initiatives

For the development of our project, we decided to make various teams; each had a different topic and a different way to present it. First we decorated the classroom where our project would take place with posters, signals, photos, videos and exhibits.
At the beginning of our presentation, we made surveys about responsible driving, and then we projected a video about some girls who are distracted by a cell phone while driving, causing a crash. After this, we gave a speech about speed limits, drunk driving and seatbelt use showing videos and examples of what can happen in an accident. We also gave tips to the teenagers on safe driving, and later we put up posters about these same topics; next to the posters were photos taken by us showing real accidents, and the students were given explanations of what happened. Finally, students were asked to write their conclusions and impressions. We received a lot of good comments about our presentation.
Also included in the project was the distribution of flyers inside and outside the school. In them, we offered information about the effects of drinking and driving, not using your seatbelt and every other topic that we had talked about.
Another thing that we did was create small posters that we pasted in all the classrooms of our school to remind students every day that they have to drive with responsibility to be safe.
That’s how we finished our campaign, hoping to leave something with every single student, knowing that driving is not a joke or a show of social status; you have to protect yourself and the lives of others.