Student hosts road safety rally for Teen Driver Safety Week

- It's National Teen Driver Safety Week and one local student is doing her part to encourage other teenagers to drive safe.

Rhea Chawla is helping to host a road safety event this weekend, in Gainesville. The Flowery Branch High School student is also a Youth Service America and State Farm Road Safety Ambassador.

Her mother was involved in a bad wreck earlier this year, and while the seat belt and air bags saved her life, Rhea wants other to stop and think about the consequences of being distracted behind the wheel.

"Road safety is something that's really close to my heart. Earlier this year, my mom was hit by a distracted teenage driver. She didn't stop at the stop sign and she hit my mom's car, The impact made it spin in 360 degrees and it flipped over twice before it landed in a ditch. So I really want people to know the impact distracted driving has not only on yourself, but on other families as well," Rhea says.

Rhea is using a $500 grant as an ambassador to help host a Rally for Road Safety. The event is Saturday from 9am-3pm at Lanier Career Academy in Gainesville.

The free event is open to everyone and there will be distracted driving simulators, games and prizes.
 

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