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Nunez Announces Distracted Driving Foundation; Releases Latest PSA
Posted by: newsla on Aug 20, 2014 - 04:20 PM
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Nunez Announces Distracted Driving Foundation; Releases Latest PSA


MAZDA factory professional autoracing driver Tristan Nunez is a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack and now speeds up his efforts off the track as he announces the formation of his foundation. The Dnt txt n drV Foundation will help further reinforce his efforts and work against distracted driving. Along with the announcement of the foundation, Nunez also released his latest PSA on distracted driving.

 

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"My parents raised me to always take time for others and my work against distracted driving has become a huge passion point for me," said Nunez. "I've come a long way speaking to my peers and growing my Dnt txt n drV program over the years. The formation of my foundation is just another step in the direction to educate and provide visibility towards continuing to pass laws and empower people to put down their phones while driving."

Nunez's passion about distracted driving came from when he was just 15 years old as he witnessed first-hand how dangerous texting and driving can be when his mother almost crashed into the back of someone. He knew at that moment he had to do something to create more awareness about texting and driving.

The Boca Raton native started the foundation after spending three years advocating against distracted driving and working to raise awareness to prevent texting and driving. As much of the change in perceptions about drunk driving, seat belts, and now distracted driving is most influenced by gruesome images and videos of what can happen, Nunez's goal is to get to people before that happens.

The Dnt txt n drV Foundation will raise awareness and create exposure around the issue through Nunez's racing career and his efforts to communicate the dangers of distracted driving. As Nunez travels across the country with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship racing circuit, he also builds in time to talk to anywhere between 500 to 5,000 students on a given week when he does speaking engagements. This year alone he is on track to speak to upwards of 50,000 students about the dangers of texting and driving and encourages students to take a pledge to not text and drive and to continue to spread the word throughout their community of the dangers of texting and driving.

John M. Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports noted, "Mazda understands the dangers of distracted driving and has partnered with Project Yellow Light on a national campaign to raise awareness among high school and college age drivers. Having young Mazda racers like Tristan Nunez taking a proactive approach with his own DNT TXT N DRV program is fabulous."

"By adding his voice to the fight against distracted driving, Tristan Nunez is saving lives," added Julie Garner, Founder, Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Scholarship. "Having influential, teen professional race drivers makes this effort a true peer-to-peer program. Car crashes are the number one killer of our teens and young adults, and the more we spread the word through efforts from Mazda racers like Tristan's, the quicker we will win the battle."

The Dnt Txt n drV Foundation plans to hold a series of fundraising events to support and raise capital to support scholarship programs to be awarded to others who are working to make a difference in their communities too.


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