Oklahoma Challenge strives to give a comprehensive list of Speakers/Programs that provide engaging, informative speeches on a wide array of subjects from distracted driving to saving a life.
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Nicks Promise Foundation Named after Trooper Nick Dee’s who was killed by a texting driver, was created to educate the public on Move Over and Slow Down laws as well as the dangers of distracted driving. Nick's Promise speaks at schools, churches, events, etc. to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. They accomplish this by giving drivers real solutions to real problems using photo and video aides as well as speakers from local law enforcement agencies, EMSA, fire departments as well as family members sharing personal stories of losing family members and friends to distracted driving. The program takes anywhere from 30 minutes at a minimum to a full school period. Oklahoma’s texting law, HB 1965, is also known as the "Trooper Nicholas Dees and Trooper Keith Burch Act of 2015."
Contact Deputy William Wheeler at (405) 248-5804 (mobile) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teens in the Driver Seat® is the first peer-to-peer program for teens that focuses solely on traffic safety and addresses all major risks for this age group. Teens help shape the program and are responsible for implementing it and educating their peers and parents; Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) provides the science, guidance and project resources. Teens in the Driver Seat® has won more than 20 awards and has been recognized as a national best-practice model four times by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and the National Safety Council. Learn how to get Teens in the Driver Seat® started at your school.
Oklahoma Army National Guard offers presentations taught by an Oklahoma Army Guard recruiter on the dangers of distracted driving. The recruiter will also hand out items and help educate students from becoming distracted drivers. Training can be adjusted to fit the teacher’s schedule.
Contact SFC Lori Smith at email@example.com
AAA Oklahoma has launched a multi-year Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated. distracted driving campaign to create awareness of the distracted driving problem and change driver behavior, so drivers promise not to drive distracted and influence others to do the same. Driving Safety presentations, teen testimonials, social media message, brochures, commitment cards: “Prom Promise”,“100 Deadliest Days”, “Teens and the 3 Ds (drinking/drugs, distraction & drowsiness)”; Drivers’ training: “How to Drive Online” and “Take the Wheel”;
Contact Leslie Gamble, Public & Government Affairs Manager AAA Oklahoma ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ (405) 488-7611
OK Department Of Transportation (Game of Cones) The Oklahoma Department of Transportation and its partners want to let drivers know that In The Game of Cones, Safety Always Wins. Work zone fatalities are the result of driving too fast, inattentive driving or following too closely to other drivers. The goal of this year's Your Life Matters Work Zone Safety campaign is to remind drivers that they have the most to gain by practicing good work zone safety.
Simulators/Hands on Equipment
Oklahoma County Sheriff Provides a distracted driver, impaired driver, and seat belt presentation, including a driving simulator , based on your needs.
Contact Sgt. Kelcey Frazier, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office/Oklahoma Highway Safety Liaison, email@example.com, (405) 202-0677
Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Offers the Commit Drive Don't Text program, which consists of a driving simulator equipped to provide a real-life driving experience.
Contact Cindy Gore, firstname.lastname@example.org, (405) 375-0250
Medical Imagery and Education
Think First a program of the National Injury Prevention Foundation and INTEGRIS Health Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation hospital, is designed to prevent spinal cord and brain injuries in youth through education. The goal is to educate students about personal vulnerability and risk taking with a message focusing on having fun, being active, and doing it safely by “think first and use your mind to protect your body.” The unique feature to this program is the VIPs (Voices for Injury Prevention). These are individuals, who have sustained a traumatic injury through a poor choice they or someone else made, share their stories of daily life while living with a lifelong disability. This, along with the information about how most injuries occur, is coupled with how to prevent injuries. The presentation will show models of the brain and spinal cord to demonstrate what happens to those parts of the body when they are injured. Our program is presented at no charge. The program can be presented in either a large assembly or classroom format per the school’s preference.
Contact Dana DuRoy, email@example.com, 405-644-5355
Saving a Life
Life Share University Each year thousands of Oklahoma high school students apply for their driver’s license or identification (ID) card. When they do, they are presented with the opportunity to join the LifeShare Donor Registry. Many students are unaware of what being a donor means and how they can potentially save the lives of fellow Oklahomans by checking “YES!” to donation. We provide information to students before they apply for their driver’s license allowing them to make an informed decision. By educating our youth about the importance of joining the LifeShare Donor Registry, we can help narrow the ever-widening gap between the escalating number of transplant candidates on the waiting list and life-saving donations.
Seat Belt Safety
SAFE stands for Seatbelts Are For Everyone. It is a teen run, peer-to-peer program that focuses on increasing teen restraint compliance through education, positive rewards, and enforcement. It is a partnership between students, law enforcement, and safety advocates. It is designed to bring awareness to the importance of wearing a seatbelt; therefore, reducing the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities among teens. We are always accepting new schools!
Contact Dena Trosky at firstname.lastname@example.org or her direct line at 405.548.5063.
Operation Life Savers Safety programs including free presentations by authorized volunteers as well as specialized training for law enforcement, professional drivers and emergency first responders. We give people the information they need to stay safe around railroad property and rights-of-way. Our programs provide valuable facts about trains, illustrate how drivers can safely navigate highway-rail grade crossings, and reinforce that it's illegal and unsafe to ever walk on or use railroad tracks for recreation.
ABATE of Oklahoma (A Brotherhood Aiming Toward Education) developed their Share the Road program to teach automobile, truck and bus drivers the habit of looking twice for motorcycles and avoid the crash! The Share the Road program is a 30-40 minute audio-visual, instructor-led presentation. It is provided free of charge to your school, association or organization and our well-versed instructors will come to you.
Contact State Coordinator Diana Crowell 918-706-2041
Car Insurance Education
State Farm There’s a lot to know before you hit the open road. Understanding the basics of auto insurance and risk are essential elements to becoming a competent and responsible driver. A State Farm Insurance Agent will come to your school to share his experiences. Why is auto insurance important? What does it cost? What are the consequences of an accident? What are some things to avoid while driving? Call your local State Farm Agent today and schedule them for a visit to the classroom!
Find your local agent here or email email@example.com for more information.
Insurance 101 is a new teaching module designed to show teens how bad driving decisions can cause financial pain. An experienced educator can present this program at your school. For additional school resources, The 55-minute program includes three segments: a lecture to define basic insurance terms; a demonstration of how to request a quote; and an interactive, decision-making game.
Presentation materials include: Animated PowerPoint®, Auto insurance terms handout, Worksheet for use during the game, Combined multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank quiz. The lesson plans and all the hands-on tools are free for educators to use.
Contact Tracy Keeley at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a date.