Oct. 23, 2012
The Phoenix Fire Department is proud to announce that it has received a $20,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AZGOHS), and Director Alberto Gutier. The grant will assist in funding the Choose to Survive Program which reaches out to teens and educates them on fire and life safety, along with health and wellness.
Thanks to this grant, the Phoenix Fire Department will be able to continue our efforts in educating teens about driver safety and the effects of impaired driving. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in the U.S., and through awareness and education it is possible to help save lives and prevent harm.
The Phoenix Fire Department will travel to high schools in the Phoenix area and speak to students about the dangers of driving impaired. Impairment due to drugs and alcohol, enforcement of current laws, as well as prosecution of violators will be emphasized during the presentations. The Phoenix Fire Department will make multiple classroom visits per quarter, as well as conduct mock crashes with dramatizations of deadly collisions.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in Maricopa County alone, 120 people were killed and 2,219 people were injured in alcohol related car crashes in 2011. The goal of implementing this program is to reduce the number of alcohol involved injuries and fatalities by the end of next year.
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