The statistics are grim: motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving kill thousands of people and have injured more than 387,000. Texting, talking on a cell phone, and other distractions put everyone at risk – especially young drivers who are less experienced behind the wheel. But surveys show drivers don’t take distracted driving seriously enough.
In observation of Distracted Driving Awareness Month this April, New York based trial lawyer Eric Chaffin, a 1989 graduate of Oak Glen High School whose foundation donated $25,000 to create the school’s media center, and Paralympian Stephani Victor, the spokesperson for the Chaffin Luhana Foundation, will bring their compelling presentation on the dangers of risky driving to Oak Glen students. Students will take the pledge on site, vowing not to be a distracted driver.
An internationally renowned motivational speaker, Stephani is known for delivering raw, authentic and deeply moving presentations that motivate and challenge her audiences. Her way of genuinely listening and connecting with people to inspire them to move forward “is an unparalleled trait that I do not see in most people,” says Eric Chaffin, who has dealt with many tragedies including working with victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.
“Little Theatre,” Oak Glen High School, 195 Golden Bear Drive, New Cumberland, WV 26047
A founding partner of the Chaffin Luhana law firm, Eric Chaffin is a litigator admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. He exclusively represents personal injury victims, consumers, whistleblowers and shareholders in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts across the country. He is a former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York and prosecuted white collar cases including the high-profile Computer Associates International and Symbol Technologists accounting and securities fraud prosecutions (over $1.2 billion and $200 million, respectively).
Many students will sign a pledge to not be a distracted driver. Chaffin and Victor will pass out information on a significant scholarship to be awarded on submission of creative essay on why not to be a distracted driver.
At age 26, Stephani suffered horrific injuries in a car accident, robbing her of both legs. She became a Paralympic downhill skier, winning five medals in three Paralympic Winter Games, including the first-ever Gold in Super Combined and two Silvers in Vancouver in 2010. She also participated in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
About the Chaffin Luhana Foundation
The Chaffin Luhana Foundation, established in 2010, encourages the development of human potential and supports community empowerment through the endowment of funds to deserving recipients, the creation of community-based enrichment projects, and the support of important scientific research that meaningfully impacts the under-privileged and sick in society. For more information, please visit chaffinluhanafoundation.org. The foundation recently donated $25,000 to create Oak Glen’s media center.