Citizens in Mower County have been gearing up for a while now to launch a unique initiative to promote safe driving in Mower County.
Drive Refreshed is the creative work of citizens and organizations collaborating to develop practical efforts that promote safe driving in Mower County based on solution-focused strategies. These strategies encourage drivers to “be present” behind the wheel.
Mower Refreshed, Towards Zero Deaths, Safe Community Collation, Austin Area Drug Task Force, Parenting Resource Center and Riverland Community College Nursing Students are working together to grow the citizen efforts that will focus on:
This effort will take time and patience as we educate and equip drivers to think differently when getting behind the wheel. Creating a new culture that focuses on being present behind the wheel, pausing when putting the key in the ignition to consider where the driver is going or focusing on reasons to make it a safe drive.
Drive Refreshed and the growing number of collaborating partners will provide educational and interactive tools on the Mower Refreshed website, events, guest speakers and connect directly with area driving schools and high schools, reaching out to teen drivers and their parents.
Our partners will also connect with parents with young children in making an intentional plan to deal with distractions when driving with kids in the car because distractions will occur!
Driving under the influence contributes significantly to our roadway dangers. Creating tools and collaborating with our county-wide law enforcement will be an important part of the success in reducing the amount of accidents related to unsafe driving, specifically when drugs or alcohol are involved.
You have an opportunity to partner with us in raising awareness and creating a shift in the culture of driving…internally motivating people to make every drive a safe drive.
April 18th is the launch date and will be an on-going effort. Contact us if you have questions or ideas. Consider how you might get involved and resources to share as we team together to make every drive safe one!
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