On Wednesday, April 12, Driven to Protect | Virginia presented to the YOVASO (Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety) Youth Advisory Council about the future of safe driving and technology. YOVASO’s Youth Advisory Council comprises of 20 high school students who attend school in Virginia. As a state-wide, peer-to-peer education and leadership program, they develop campaign ideas, materials, and programming that empowers teens to work towards the prevention of motor vehicle crashes.
YOVASO Advisory Council students attend a variety of Virginia high schools such James River in Chesterfield, William Byrd in Roanoke, and Grassfield in Chesapeake City. They were very excited to learn about the DADSS technology and its implications for society. Motor vehicle crashes are among the leading causes of unintentional death and injury for youth between the ages of 15 and 20 – and the students enjoyed hearing about how passive alcohol detection technology like DADSS will help reduce these injuries and deaths by preventing impaired driving.
At Driven to Protect | Virginia, we share in YOVASO’s mission to inspire the next generation of traffic safety advocates. Through presentations like these, we’re able to give young Virginians a first-hand look at the DADSS technology and spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving and the traffic safety laws designed to keep Virginians safe. We also offer virtual resources about drunk driving prevention for students and educators through the Driven to Protect Discovery Hub.
We are glad we got to connect with some of YOVASO’s student ambassadors and strive together to eliminate drunk driving and save lives. We look forward to seeing them this July at the YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat!