Local and national sponsors sought to help fund driver safety and awareness
(Scottsdale, AZ October 2012) – Red Means Stop (RMS) is announcing a new scholarship program designed to benefit families who are unable to afford driving school. Since 1999, Red Means Stop has been actively dedicated to making our Arizona roads safer for our citizens, especially in their avocation to minimize red light running on our valley streets. The new scholarship announced last month by Frank Hinds, Executive Director of Red Means Stop (RMS) launched in September 2012 with the Jordan family, a family of triplet boys, being the pilot participants of the developing program.
In July of 2000, Deanna Jordan became a military widow when her husband was killed in an Apache helicopter accident leaving Deanna with 4 year old triplet boys to support on her own. After recently being informed that their benefits that they had been dependent on were coming to an abrupt end and with three boys of age to drive, Deanna wanted to be assured that her children are safe on the road. She was shocked to learn that schools no longer offer driver’s education for students, a problem as proper training can be costly for a single parent home.
“This grant has been a Godsend to us, and a little bit of weight off of my shoulders. I am so happy that they will get the quality education that DrivingMBA offers,” said Deanna. “It’s so scary to think about letting them drive. It makes me feel a little better knowing that they are getting such a great foundation to start driving with! Thank you Red Means Stop and DrivingMBA!”
Red Means Stop is elated to help the Jordan family with their need to properly teach and train the Jordan triplets, Kyle, Cameron and Justin, for their futures’ as drivers and ultimately wish this scholarship will benefit other families looking into the program at DrivingMBA.
“DrivingMBA’s ability to provide programs to kids who can’t afford it is very limited. The Red Means Stop board decided a worthwhile goal would be to develop a new generation of safe responsible, young drivers and educate them about red light running,” said Maria Wojtczak, owner of DrivingMBA.
The scholarship program is hoping to bring more sponsors for both organizations and generate awareness for the growing need to properly prepare teenagers for driving on our busy roads and highways. Both DrivingMBA and Red Means Stop are dedicated to educating the community and they both believe this new scholarship is the next step forward.
About Red Means Stop
In January 1999, three families who incurred the consequences of red light runners founded the Red Means Stop Coalition. The Red Means Stop Coalition is the only known grassroots organization of its kind in the United States with a long-term goal of having the message about the dangers and consequences of red light running spread throughout the country. The Red MeansStop Coalition has been featured on numerous national television programs, including the NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America. To learn more about RMS, visit their website at http://www.redmeansstop.org/
DrivingMBA is an Arizona based Driver Training and Education provider with locations in Scottsdale and Chandler. DrivingMBA’s driver training programs are designed to reduce the risk and magnitude of death, injury and property damage caused by teenage drivers through a comprehensive approach to driver training. DrivingMBA combines the use of state of the art simulators, on-road instruction and classroom to teach students how to drive through experience in a no-risk environment. To learn more about DrivingMBA, visit their website at drivingmba.com