Volusia Law Firm and Car Dealership Team Up Again to Help Student Drivers Avoid Accidents

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The Port Orange-based law firm of Rue & Ziffra and Gary Yeoman’s Ford Lincoln in Daytona Beach are collaborating on a project this month that intends to educate student drivers on the perils of texting while driving.

The Port Orange-based law firm of Rue & Ziffra and Gary Yeoman’s Ford Lincoln in Daytona Beach are collaborating on a project this month that intends to educate student drivers on the perils of texting while driving.

The five-day program – which includes a state-of-the-art, hands-on texting and driving simulator – will begin Sept. 17 at Seabreeze High School, and will be offered at four other high schools in Volusia and Flagler counties through Sept. 21, according to Carlos Lira, general manager at Gary Yeoman’s.

“We’ve teamed up with the Rue & Ziffra folks on other occasions to offer safe driving classes for teens, but this is the first time for something quite like this,” Lira said.

The week-long program is being presented free of charge by the law firm and car dealership.

Representatives from both sponsoring companies will be on hand during the sessions, according to John Rue, a senior partner in the personal-injury law firm.

“We’re excited to be able to bring this type of interactive, educational event to our community to help prevent senseless accidents that often are fatal,” Rue said. “Our goal is to reach out to as many as 5,000 students and faculty members during the week.”

A state-of-the-art driving simulator will be connected to a car provided by Gary Yeoman’s dealership and set up 9/17 at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Tuesday 9/18 at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Wednesday 9/19 at Father Lopez High School in Daytona Beach, Thursday 9/20 at DeLand High School, and Friday 9/21 at Flagler-Palm Coast High School in Palm Coast.

Staggering U.S. statistics provided by the PEERS Foundation show that nearly 50 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 text while driving, and of those, 11 teen-aged drivers die each week in accidents that involve texting while driving.

In interactive sessions throughout the U.S. data compiled showed that nearly all of the students who got behind the wheel to experience “distracted driving” failed after swerving, speeding and even hitting pedestrians.

For more information about the program, please visit http://www.rueziffra.com.

About Rue & Ziffra:
Founded by John D. Rue and Allan L. Ziffra, the personal-injury law firm of Rue & Ziffra has served the Central Florida community 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 Palm Coast. For more information, visit http://www.rueziffra.com.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Allan L. Ziffra, President, Rue & Ziffra P.A., 386-788-7700 or aziffra(at)rueziffra(dot)com

Jessica Eckelbarger, Marketing Director, Rue & Ziffra, 386-788-7700 or jessicae(at)rueziffra(dot)com

Charlene Hager-Van Dyke, Larry Vershel Communications, 386-532-8862, 407-644-4142 or chagervandyke(at)yahoo(dot)com

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