Central Teen Promoting Safe Driving

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By Beth Fussell

In light of all of the recent accidents here in Central, one area teen is taking positive steps to make a difference for the future.  The Facebook group "Driving Safe in Central" was recently created by Central High School graduate Haleigh Alexander to promote safe driving habits by teens and adults alike.  Haleigh started the group recently after seeing so many of her friends seriously affected by preventable traffic accidents.  The group focuses on things like not texting while driving, wearing your seatbelt, and avoiding driving drunk.  Haleigh feels that, even though these safe driving points are taught to drivers, putting even more emphasis on safe driving habits can help to lessen the frequency of wrecks and the damage they cause.  The community can support this effort in several ways.  Firstly, practice safe driving yourself, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.  You can also spread the word about the group and its purpose.  Lastly, you can order a t-shirt.  On Friday, Cross Threads (on Sullivan Road across from Central Middle School) will be taking orders for the shirts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Shirts are $15 each, and they are being ordered based on the number of people who sign up to purchase them, so you must put your name on the list to get one.  More orders will likely be made in the near future for those who are currently out of town or unable to order one at this time.  Photos of the shirt can be seen on the "Driving Safe in Central" Facebook group site.  The shirts are maroon and say "Driving Safe in Central" with a list of those Central area young people we have lost to whose memory this group and these shirts are dedicated.  Any profits from these shirts will be donated to the Danehower and Whiddon families.  Thank you to Cross Threads and Mrs. Donna Dufour for helping with the shirts, and thank you to Haleigh for taking action and for making a positive impact on our community.


  1. Donna Dufour

    July 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Haleigh has done a wonderful job putting this together. I think, like others, if this just saves one life it was worth it. The main thing is for the momentum not to slow down. Keep talking it up, don’t just buy a shirt because it is a fundraiser, but wear it and often. Maybe every time you do someone will see it and buckle up.

  2. Crystal Gates

    July 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Haleigh is my daughter and I could not be more proud of what she is doing to promote safe driving! Six yrs ago my 18 yr old cousin was in a bad wreck, broke his back and died twice and was revived. He was speeding. Three months later he was in another bad accident, in which he was again speeding and didn’t have on his seatbelt. We lost him to that accident. My uncle is going to be very proud of what his niece is doing! I don’t want another parent to get the phone call that my uncle got twice over something that was completely preventable!

  3. Mike Mannino

    July 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Amazing young lady. She worked all day on this, and she was working her regular job tonight where I met her for the first time. If all our young people are this driven and this responsible, we have a good future ahead in Central.

  4. Crystal Gates

    July 12, 2010 at 1:09 am

    This is Haleigh’s mom again! Saturday I spoke to a friend of mine who said his daughter and daughter’s friend had been in an accident early that morning while on their way to get donuts, here in Central! The girls went to the hospital and were bruised up and sore, but they’re okay. The car is totaled. The driver who hit them they suspected may have been under the influence of alcohol. The ironic thing was that the friend of my friends daughter had on her “Driving Safe In Central” shirt when the accident occured. She had purchased the shirt the day before. I told my friend I wonder if the guy who hit them noticed the shirt on her and he said, “I don’t know if he did, but the cops did.” I’m just very thankful that both of the girls are okay and that their family, their friends and Central is not facing what could have been a worse circumstance. My friend told me that both of the girls were wearing their seatbelts! Haleigh I’m so proud of you!

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