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The Emergency Services and the Wake County
Public School System are committed to
providing the best possible service to the
citizens of our community. One of the most
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                                                                Raleigh Fire Department
important issues for high school students is                     Falls Fire Department
motor vehicle safety. Teen drivers are being
injured at an alarming rate. Therefore, we intend
                                                                   Wake County EMS
                                                               Raleigh Police Department
                                                                                                      FOR A
to offer information to teen drivers and their
                                                                  N.C. Highway Patrol

families to help prevent future tragedies.
                                                       Siobhan Davis, WakeMed Injury Prevention
The VIP for a VIP program will consist of a                     Ronnie White’s Towing
presentation in the auditorium at 9:00AM
directly related to teenage driving issues. At 1:20         Wakefield ~ Holiday Inn Express
in the afternoon, the students will assemble                       Custom Signs, Inc.
outside in our stadium for a simulation of a fatal                 Kerr Family YMCA
car crash.

This program is dedicated to the 8 students that
                                                                MADD North Carolina
                                                              High Point Fire Department
have lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents          Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department
while attending Wakefield High School since it
opened in 2000. We sincerely believe that
through an on going teenage driver education
                                                              Greensboro Fire Department
                                                               Old Dominion Freight Line          Injury
program and strong parental support, teenage              VF Jeanswear / Bluebell Foundation

traffic fatalities can be eliminated in our               NC Association of Insurance Agents
community. We consider the students at
Wakefield High School VIP's.                                   Firemen’s Fund Insurance
                                                              Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
For Additional Information Contact :                            The Weaver Foundation                   FOR A
Wakefield HS office – 919-562-3600                              Emily Millis-Hiatt Fund

                                                         Community Foundation of Greensboro
Steven Zimmerman VIP for a VIP, Inc.
                 336-508-3782                                   REMEMBER

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                      Dead at 17                               The funeral was weird. I saw all my relatives and           VIP Contract for Life for a VIP
                                                             friends walk toward the casket. They looked at me with
 Agony claws my mind. I am a statistic. When I first         the saddest eyes I've ever seen. Some of my buddies
got here, I felt very much alone. I was overwhelmed by       were crying. A few of the girls touched my hand and
grief, and I expected to find sympathy.                      sobbed as they walked by.                                  I________________________, promise to obey
                                                                                                                      all traffic laws, and wear available lap and shoulder
 I found no sympathy. I saw only thousands of others          Please-somebody-wake me up! Get me out of here. I       restraints at all times, when operating, or riding, in a
whose bodies were as badly mangled as mine. I was            can't bear to see Mom and Dad in such pain. My           motor vehicle. Further, I will not operate a motor
given a number and placed in a category. The category        grandparents are so weak from grief they can barely      vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or
was called ''Traffic Fatalities".                            walk. My brother and sister are like zombies. They       drugs, including prescription medications that may
                                                             move like robots. In a daze. Everybody. No one can       alter my ability to drive safely. I will not ride in a
  The day I died was an ordinary school day. How I           believe this. I can't believe it, either.                motor vehicle with anyone who is impaired by
wish I had taken the bus! But I was too cool for the                                                                  drugs or alcohol. I understand that this is a "Zero
bus. I remember how I wheeled the car out of Mom.              Please don't bury me! I'm not dead! I have a lot of    Tolerance" agreement (no amount of alcohol or
''Special favor,'' I pleaded. ''All the kids drive.'' When   living to do! I want to laugh and run again. I want to   drugs will be tolerated regardless of how small). I
the 2:50 P.M. bell rang, I threw my books in the locker.     sing and dance. Please don't put me in the ground! I     agree to limit passengers in my car to a number
Free until tomorrow morning! I ran to the parking lot,       promise if you give me just one more chance, God, I'll   established by my parent(s) or guardian(s).
excited at the thought of driving a car and being my         be the most careful driver in the whole world. All I     Additionally, I will call my parents for
own boss.                                                    want is one more chance. Please, God, I'm only 17.       transportation if I cannot drive safely, or if I do not
                                                                                                                      feel safe riding with another driver.
  It doesn't matter how the accident happened, I was         Excerpt: Taken from;
goofing off-going too fast, taking crazy chances. But I                                                               Signature______________________________
was enjoying my freedom and having fun. The last             Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
thing I remember was passing an old lady who seemed
to be going awfully slow. I heard a crash and felt a         Page 226, 227
terrific jolt. Glass and steel flew everywhere. My whole                                                               I, __________________________________the
body seemed to be turned inside out. I heard myself          Writer: John Berrio                                                     parent/guardian
                                                                                                                      of __________________________________
  Suddenly, I awakened. It was very quiet. A police
officer was standing over me. I saw a doctor. My body                                                                 promise to abide by the provisions of the above
was mangled. I was saturated with blood. Pieces of                                                                    agreement also. I will recognize your good decision
jagged glass were sticking out all over. Strange that I                                                               to not drive, calling me instead, and will respond
couldn't feel anything. Hey, don't pull that sheet over                                                               respectfully, agreeing to provide transportation at
my head. I can't be dead. I'm only 17. I've got a date                                                                any time. Additionally, I will set a good example
tonight. I'm supposed to have a wonderful life ahead                                                                  when operating a motor vehicle. I promise to
of me. I haven't lived yet. I can't be dead.                                                                          ensure your safety by revoking your driving
                                                                                                                      privileges if you violate this agreement.
  Later I was placed in a drawer. My folks came to
identify me. Why did they have to see me like this?                                                                    Signature____________________________
Why did I have to look at Mom's eyes when she faced
the most terrible ordeal of her life? Dad suddenly                                                                     Date_____/_____/_____
looked very old. He told the man in charge, ''Yes-he is
our son.''

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