We Save Lives is proud to announce our first young people (rising seniors) and our first “triplet brothers” as the recipients of our 3D Badge of Courage award.
Unfortunately, it took a tragedy for Mathew, Brian and Timothy Salit to become involved in texting and driving. A Track competitor was killed by a texting driver just two months before his high school graduation. They turned this tragedy into a call to action and the 3 brothers decided they would do their best to ensure that others didn’t suffer the same fate. They began an education campaign that engaged and empowered high school leaders throughout southern New England with the tools necessary to spread the message of safe teen driving. They held their first annual Massachusetts Teen Distracted Driving Leadership Summit at the Massachusetts State House in May 2013. This past March, they extended their reach into Rhode Island at the second annual summit. Their grassroots efforts have brought the youth-led, youth-inspired message of safety behind the wheel to more than 70,000 high school students. Last month, the 3 brothers were awarded the Jefferson Awards for Public Service at the National Ceremony in Washington, DC. They have also presented on effective methods of reaching teens with the message of safe driving at numerous conferences around the country.
We are proud to say that Matt works with EndDD.org, one of our partners. He is also a member of SADD, (another partner) and part of SADD SPEAKS, a national program that advocated on Capitol Hill for more funding from the highway traffic safety bill for safe teen driving programs at the state level. As Matt stated, “It was an incredible experience to work with a group of youth from across the country on the issue of safe teen driving funding and campaigning.” We can only hope that his message and tireless energy will encourage other young people to not only abstain from cell phone use in the car but to get involved by encouraging their peers not to text or use their cell phone while driving.
Congratulations, Matt, Brian and Timothy. Keep up the good work and let us know how We Save Lives.org can help.