High School Student Starts Safe Driving Campaign

High School Student Starts Safe Driving Campaign

A Nodaway-Holt sophomore started a safe driving campaign targeted at teenagers.
(GRAHAM, Mo.) A Nodaway-Holt teenager is using his experience in a rollover crash to teach others about safe driving.

Brandon Newton rolled his car over in May after losing control on a gravel road.

Newton was okay, but the experience left him wanting to help others.

"It was scary," he said. "You're actually four times more likely to get in a wreck when you turn 16, in those first six months."

The campaign is part of his involvement with FCCLA, a national group at his school.

His goal is to teach students about the dangers of distracted driving.

His campaign caught on and soon his peers joined in.

"Brandon came to us and asked 10 of the students from the school to wear these black shirts to represent the 10 teens that are killed in car wrecks each day because of distracted driving," sophomore Jordan Long said.

The shirts were donated by a company in California.

Newton's teacher, Heather Wilmes, said this project is different than others she has had.

"His project is very well developed and it's lasting a long period of time," Wilmes said.

Newton passed out flyers, invited guest speakers and decorated the walls of the school.

He hopes his campaign will prevent others from wrecking like he did.
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