Road Safety Day at West Forsyth High School

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

What:

Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association are teaming up with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and local safety organizations for Road Safety Day at West Forsyth High School from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, April 20.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving killed 3,477 people on America’s roads in 2015. This safety event will show students how distracted driving puts their lives and the lives of others at risk.

Students will experience the dangers of distracted and impaired driving through AT&T’s “It Can Wait” texting and driving simulator, the North Carolina Highway Patrol’s vision goggles, the Ferrari wheels simulator and the testimony of a local mother whose son died while texting and driving. Safe Kids of the Northwest Piedmont, the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Wake Forest Baptist’s trauma counselors and local fire and law enforcement departments will also provide information.

Who:

Debbi Thomson, C.P.N.P., Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Nick Nelson, Mayor of Clemmons

Ned Moultrie, State Trooper, North Carolina Highway Patrol

Nikki Cline, mother of son who died while texting and driving

When:

10 a.m. until noon, Thursday, April 20. Interviews will be available between 10 and 10:30, several guests, including Nikki Cline, will speak to the students from 10:35 until 11 and other activities and interview opportunities will follow.

Where:

West Forsyth High School, 1735 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Clemmons

Parking:

Media should park near the front entrance to the school and check in at the main office upon arrival.

RSVP:

Please inform us if you plan to attend by 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 19.

Media contacts:

Wake Forest Baptist:

Joe McCloskey, jmcclosk@wakehealth.edu, 336-716-1273

Eryn Johnson, eryjohns@wakehealth.edu, 336-713-8228

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools:

Brent Campbell, bcampbell@wsfcs.k12.nc.us, 336-972-9371

 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu) is a nationally prominent academic medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an integrated enterprise incorporating hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and other primary and specialty care facilities that serve the residents of 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The Medical Center’s divisions are Wake Forest Baptist Health, a regional clinical system that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital and more than 150 locations, 900 physicians and 1,000 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in cutting-edge research and experiential medical education; and Wake Forest Innovations, which commercializes the discoveries and research capabilities of the Medical Center and operates Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, an urban district devoted to driving regional economic growth and building vibrant community. Wake Forest Baptist clinical, research and educational programs are consistently rated among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

 

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