Volusia Law Firm, Car Dealership and WESH 2 Unite to Offer “Text Free Zone” Program to Student Drivers Starting April 29

VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – The law firm of Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell is partnering once again with Gary Yeoman’s Ford Lincoln, with the addition of WESH 2, in offering a texting and driving simulator to five area high schools.  This weeklong event intends to show student drivers the dangers of texting while driving.

The Port Orange-based firm and the Daytona Beach dealership have become regular partners as the two companies sponsored the first simulated texting session last September, and they’ve funded numerous safe-driving classes for teens the past two years, according to Carlos Lira√, general manager at Gary Yeoman’s.

“It’s great working with Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell, as we agree on the importance of letting our teens learn by using the simulators themselves on how deadly texting and driving can be,” he  said.

The training program – dubbed the “Text Free Zone” – puts students in the driver’s seat while they use a state-of-the-art, hands-on texting and driving simulator.  The sponsors say they hope to have as many as 5,000 local students use the educational equipment this year.

The five days – which is presented free of charge by the law firm, car dealership and WESH 2 – will begin April 29 at DeLand High School and continue April 30 at University High School, Orange City; May 1 at Atlantic High School, Port Orange; May 2 at Matanzas High School, Palm Coast and May 3 at Warner Christian Academy, South Daytona.

National statistics show that about 50 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 texts while driving.  Currently,Floridais one of a handful of states with no restrictions on texting or talking on a cell phone while driving.

Data compiled from simulated sessions throughout theUnited Statesshowed that nearly all of those who got behind the wheel failed after speeding, swerving and sometimes even striking simulated pedestrians.

“We’ve seen too many reports of teenage drivers who either injured others or themselves because of this type of distractive driving,” said Allan L. Ziffra√, president of the personal injury firm.  “So, we’re very motivated to offer this type of program to help prevent more accidents.”

For more information about the program, please visit rueziffra.com or wesh.com, or call 386-788-7700.

About Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell:  Founded by John D. Rue and Allan L. Ziffra, the personal-injury law firm of Rue & Ziffra has served the Central Floridacommunity for more than 25 years.  The firm’s commitment to its profession and its clients has earned it a reputation as one of the top personal-injury law firms in Central Florida.  Known for handling everything from automobile and motorcycle accidents to medical malpractice, wrongful death, and social security and disability cases, Rue & Ziffra has recovered millions of dollars for injured clients and their families. With a staff of nine attorneys, the firm maintains offices in Port Orange, DeLand and PalmCoast.  For more information, visit rueziffra.com.

For more information about this release, please contact:
Allan L. Ziffra, President, Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell P.A., 386-788-7700 or aziffra@rueziffra.com
Jessica Eckelbarger, Marketing Director, Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell, 386-788-7700 or jessicae@rueziffra.com
Charlene Hager-Van Dyke, Larry Vershel Communications, 386-532-8862, 407-644-4142 or chagervandyke@yahoo.com

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