On October 11, 2017, Alan Brown and Drive Smart Georgia hosted an event at South Forsyth High School. The purpose was to get the sophomore students thinking about the responsibilities that come with their newfound freedom of driving and to open a discussion about the dangers of teen driving.
The key speaker was Alan Brown, the founder of Joshua’s Law in Georgia and 13 other states. Mr. Brown lost his son in 2003 due to a fatal car crash. His son, Joshua Brown hydroplaned and crashed into a tree while traveling 40 miles per hour. Severely injured, the teen fought to stay alive for nine days, but passed away.
After a year of being in a very dark place, Alan Brown decided to turn his grief and guilt into a crusade to promote teen driver safety. He was responsible for passing Joshua’s Law in Georgia and 13 other states. To date, this law has saved thousands of young lives.
During the event, Mr. Brown explained the agony of receiving a call from the hospital and begged the students to take driving seriously at all times. “No parent should go through what I went through,” he stated. Kirk Bressette, Co-Founder/CEO of Drive Smart Georgia, added, “Auto accidents is still the #1 killer of teens.” They both discussed the dangers of distracted driving, alcohol and drugs, and other potential hazards behind the wheel.
“I just want you all to be safe out there,” Mr. Brown concluded to a heartfelt round of applause.
About Drive Smart Georgia
Drive Smart Georgia is the only driving school in Atlanta to specialize in teaching teens how to drive. The chain currently operates locations in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, and Cumming. Services include Driver’s Ed classes and in-car driving lessons.