POSTED BY: BOB KNOTTS
Yes, early results are in … at last. Surveys conducted by Barry University sociology majors for the Humanity Project show that our unique I Care: Just Let Me Drive teen driver safety program works — just as we always thought it would. We also have some results from students at Royal Palm Beach High School. And those numbers tell us the same thing. I Care works! Remember, this is a very new program. Two years ago at this time, we were supervising a talented team of high school journalism students just to complete the written portion of the program. That’s our I Care book, the centerpiece of our efforts. And one year ago, other high school students were wrapping up work on the I Care website. Now we have the book posted on that website for free downloads at www.thehumanityproject.com/icare … and we also have I Care pages on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Wow, lots of progress in a short time. We’re very pleased that, through a generous grant from our major sponsor, State Farm, we have been getting the book across the state of Florida. From Tallahassee to Jacksonville, from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade County. And I Care is an official part of teen traffic courts in Broward County and Miami-Dade County. Not bad, huh? So, ok, let’s get back to those test results. They show that about 85% of students tested say the I Care program changed their personal driving habits, making them “more aware of the need to avoid distractions while driving.” That was true for those tested by Barry University and others tested by the adult advisor of the SADD Club at Royal Palm Beach High School. We believe it’s such a great program that I Care needs to be more widely available nationally. That’s our goal.
Meantime, State Farm continues to be the key supporter for I Care, joined now by new official sponsor, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. We were confident of the results. But now empirical evidence is proving we were right all along. Most definitely, I Care works.