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Safe Driving Summits

What is a Safe Driving Summit?

The purpose of the Safe Driving Summits are to educate high school students about the dangers of distracted, impaired and unsafe driving, and provide them with tools to make better decisions behind the wheel. 

Students from local high schools will listen to a keynote presentation to begin the day and then break into several smaller groups where they will attend four breakout sessions led by leaders across the safe driving community. Attending students will leave with real life examples and stories that they can share with their friends, family and community. By sharing these stories and experiences, students will become positive ambassadors for safe driving, reducing the number of crashes and fatalities caused by distracted, impaired or unsafe driving. 

Upcoming Safe Driving Summits

GIBSON, GA

August 29, 2024
GLASCOCK COUNTY HS
All-School Summit

TOCCOA, GA

September 12, 2024
STEPHENS COUNTY HS
All-School Summit

SAVANNAH, GA

October 18, 2024
WINDSOR FOREST HS
All-School Summit

DUBLIN, GA

November 19, 2024
OCONEE FALL LINE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Laurens County Schools

DECATUR, GA

April 10, 2025
DECATUR HS
All-School Summit

About the breakout sessions

Share the Road: Get to know Big Trucks

Presented by a local trucking company

In this breakout session a local trucking company will lead small groups of students through how to safely share the road with tractor-trailers. Students will learn about stopping distances, blind spots, passing, general safety and distractions, when it comes to driving with these large vehicles. Students will have the opportunity to tour tractor-trailers, climb in the cab of the truck to see what Professional Truck Drivers see, as well as what operations they go through. This session is designed to take the fear out of sharing the road with tractor-trailers and replace it with confidence.

Knowing Your Law Enforcement Agencies; State, County and City

Presented by Georgia State Police with local county and city law enforcement agencies

In this session, students will hear from law enforcement officers from the state, county and city agencies. The representative from each agency will describe the role, responsibilities and geographical coverage of their agency. Representatives include a state trooper, county sheriff and city officer Additionally, students will hear first-hand how these agencies work together and what they have observed with teen drivers across the state. These law enforcement officers will provide teens with advice and tips they can use in the car to protect themselves and other drivers.

Choices Behind the Wheel: A Glimpse into the Trauma Bay

Presented by Wellstar Trauma Network, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and local medical personnel

Students will get a chance to experience a live action look into the trauma bay of the ER when life saving measures are required for a teenager who drives distracted and unrestrained.

Road to Recovery

Presented by Wellstar Trauma Network and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

In this session students will learn about the consequences of trauma as a result of distracted, impaired or unsafe driving: traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Students will actively participate in rehabilitation activities to gain an understanding of some of the challenges faced as they navigate the rehab process.

AGENDA

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Students Arrive 
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Safe Driving Summit Begins 
  • Welcome – Georgia Department of Transportation Representative
  • Keynote Presentation – Mike Lutzenkichen, Executive Director, Lutzie 43 Foundation
  • Georgia DOT and First Responders Presentation 
  • 10:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Breakout Session 1
  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Session 2
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Breakout Session 3
  • 12:50 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Breakout Session 4
  • 1:25 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Q&A with Crash Survivor and Closing Remarks 
  • 1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. School Dismissal

Learn more about our Safe Driving Summits

The Safe Driving Summits are one of the key initiatives for the Lutzie 43 Foundation and the Georgia Department of Transportation. Together, these Safe Driving Summits will take place across the state of Georgia and gather students from local high schools to hear from subject-matter experts about safe driving. Students will attend breakout sessions led by leaders such as law enforcement agencies, healthcare companies, trucking organizations and more to provide students with tips and tools to prioritize safety behind the wheel. The Lutzie 43 Foundation's 43 Key Seconds initiative and the Georgia Department of Transportation Drive Alert, Arrive Alive campaign will educate students during the Safe Driving Summit and help them make better decisions behind the wheel. Interested in learning more, partnering with us or host a Safe Driving Summit in your community? Let us know!

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