What happens when you combine a fierce, young racing competitor with a premier Virginia traffic safety non-profit? You get a duo that’s ready to reach young Virginia drivers with the message “Buckle up. Phone down.”
DRIVE SMART Virginia and Trey Jarrell of Trey Jarrell Racing are excited to announce a partnership forged with a passion for safety. Jarrell will become the DRIVE SMART Virginia Teen Ambassador. He’ll be tasked with reaching out to teen drivers across Virginia with the message that distracted driving is dangerous.
“Oftentimes young drivers are involved in dangerous crashes because they’re willing to engage in risky behaviors,” said Janet Brooking, Executive Director of DRIVE SMART Virginia. “As a Teen Ambassador, Trey can help deliver the message that driving is serious business and cell phones should always be off or out of reach.”
Jarrell, a 16-year old Bassett High School Junior from Martinsville, Virginia, is a student athlete who excels in several sports, including racing, while maintaining an "A" grade point average in his school work. In addition, he also races more than 30 weekends a year.
“I know how quickly things can change during a race, said Trey Jarrell. “So I'm passionate about safety. And, I’m excited about talking to kids my age and helping them understand that it only takes a split second to wreck. It doesn't matter if you’re on the track, a county road or the highway.”
DRIVE SMART Virginia and Jarrell will team up to share traffic safety information through social media channels including Facebook and Twitter and on DRIVESMARTVA.ORG and TreyJarrell.com.
Brooking said “we’re glad Trey shares our passion and we hope that together we can reach students at or near driving age and encourage them to drive distraction free.”
Some key facts surrounding distracted driving:
• If you text and drive you are 23 times more likely to have a crash.
• 8 out of 10 crashes involve a distracted driving incident within 3 seconds of the incident.
• Wear your seatbelt: it’s the best defense against a distracted driver.
DRIVE SMART Virginia’s mission is to educate drivers and raise traffic safety awareness in order to save lives and reduce injuries on the roadways of Virginia.
To learn more about Trey Jarrell Racing, please visit: treyjarrell.com
“Too often people don’t realize how dangerous it is to look away from the road for just two seconds. It can be deadly.” Janet Brooking, Executive Director DRIVE SMART Virginia