Los Angeles Area Schools Get 'In One Instant' to Stop Teen Texting-While-Driving and Other Forms of Distracted & Impaired Driving - Next at University High on April 18

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Highlights: In One Instant is an award winning, emotionally charged high school program to stop teen texting-while-driving and other distracted and impaired driving behaviors. It will be implemented at 10 L.A. area high schools in 2013, and looking to expand throughout North America in the future.

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Palisades Charter High School student and her mother at In One Instant School Safe Driving Program

"We are thrilled to bring our game-changing solution - In One Instant - to L.A. area schools this year, and expand to other cities and towns soon to help save even more lives," remarked program Co-Founder Gail Schenbaum Lawton.

Building on its success at Palisades Charter and Santa Monica High Schools, the award winning, high impact In One Instant School Safe Driving Program is coming to 10 additional Los Angeles area high schools in 2013, with future plans to bring it to schools across the U.S. and Canada. In One Instant is an emotionally charged experience designed to create a lifelong behavioral shift in teens, to stop their most rampant killers: driving-while-texting and other forms of distracted and impaired driving.

In One Instant will take place next on April 18th for 1,000 students at University High School in West L.A., featuring student and parent leaders as well as Los Angeles Police Department and Fire Department officers.

“Texting while driving has become a national pastime, and a most deadly one,” remarked program Co-Founder Gail Schenbaum Lawton. “We are thrilled to bring our game-changing solution - In One Instant - to L.A. area schools this year, and expand to other cities and towns soon to help save even more lives.”

In One Instant is endorsed by the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Medical Association and UCLA School of Public Health.

The experience quickly gets students, parents and teachers involved - they see, hear and feel the tragic consequences of bad choices that teens so often make while driving – such as texting, smartphone use, alcohol and drug abuse. The program proceeds to give them tools to pro-actively become part of the solution.

In One Instant works effectively with the limited time and monetary budgets of today’s schools. It is easy to implement, fits flexibly into school schedules, and takes up very little teacher or administrator time.

In One Instant highlights include:

Peer Leader Prep Workshop -- Selected students become prepared to lead the all-school assembly with parent participation.

Assembly of Students, Parents & Teachers – Includes gripping car crash scene, haunting funeral dramatization, award-winning “In One Instant” short film screening, “Today I Died” letter readings, crash survivor encounters, “Last Texts”, “Vow to Live” pledge, and challenges to make smart driving choices.

In-Class Follow Up & School Club -- Teachers reinforce safe-driving tools, students give feedback and create club activities to spread safe-driving messages amongst peers.

The In One Instant executives, being parents of teens themselves, invest significant time and expertise behind-the-scenes, working closely with specialists to customize the experience to meet the specific needs of each school and community.

The program’s major sponsors are State Farm and Fineshriber Family Foundation. Support sponsors are Wells Fargo, Uber, AT&T, Dignity Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors, Tip Top Tow Service, with additional services provided by South Bay Center for Counseling, Ojai Foundation, and NK Production.

In One Instant is produced by Gail Schenbaum Lawton, Cheryl Wada and Debbie Barnett, Co-Founders of Streetwise Media, a non-profit organization operating in association with the 501(c) (3) Community Partners.

In One Instant will be at University High School in West L.A. on April 18th, and at Culver High, Venice High and other L.A.-area high schools later in 2013.

For press interviews, photos, video clips and more information, please contact Dahlia Greer Public Relations, dahlia (at) dahliagreerpr (dot) com.

Visit: http://www.inoneinstant.org

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