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BVA Gives “60 For Safety” Attorney Volunteers Give Back by Teaching the Dangers of Distracted Driving
Bay View Academy addressed the important issue of Distracted Driving (DD) last week, with a presentation by attorney Gil Bianchi, husband of Courtney Bianchi, a Social Science and English teacher for the Academy’s Upper School. Students in grades 10-12 attended the presentation and learned what Distracted Driving is, the life altering effects it can have, and ways to prevent it.
60 for Safety, an organization with the goal of making the world a safer place through the use of 60 minute presentations, teamed up with the Casey Feldman Foundation/EndDD.org to create a presentation on the dangers of Distracted Driving. According to the 60 for Safety website, “the inspiration for these presentations came from a trial lawyer and father in Pennsylvania, Joel Feldman. After his daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver, Joel and his family knew they had to do something to help other young people be safer and get the chance to lead full lives.” The Rhode Island Association for Justice (RIAJ) teamed up with the organizations as well, providing attorney volunteers to serve as presenters at schools across Rhode Island.
Attorney Gil Bianchi, North Kingstown, RI resident and partner in the Providence law firm, Bianchi and Brouillard, P.C., is a RIAJ member and volunteer presenter of the End Distracted Driving Student Awareness Initiative. The presentation includes startling facts about Distracted Driving, including the data that 4,000 people are killed in the United States per year due to DD and almost 5,000 injured.
Attorney Bianchi’s presentation of the End Distracted Driving Student Awareness Initiative was very well received by the Bay View Academy student audience, garnering a great deal of student interaction and response throughout the program.