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Save yourself – and others

February 3, 2015 11:46 am Published by Comments Off on Save yourself – and others

Advocacy/social change activity January 2015. www.straightupvc.org

In January 2015, Straight Up worked with Camarillo High School students on advocacy projects. They worked on writing and art projects around issues such as drug and alcohol, impaired driving, and bullying.

Joshua C., age 17, had this to say about impaired driving:

There are multiple reasons to avoid impaired driving most of which involve the safety of those around you than you yourself. To be impaired means to have your awareness dulled in any way by any means. While it is true that while driving impaired can put you in great risk it is just as likely, if not more, that you will hurt someone else. Like Anthony Pedeferri who was a cop doing his job but had bad luck and got hit by a car driven by someone who was high.

Tony Pedeferri is a quadraplegic as a result of getting hit by a truck while working a routine traffic stop as a police officer. The 2007 crash also took the life of the person that the officer pulled over. The driver who caused the crash was found negligent and was sentenced in 2008 to 15 years in prison for the crash. He pleaded guilty to two felonies: gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and selling and transporting marijuana.

Pedeferri now is a completing athlete and public speaker who brings attention to the issues of alcohol and drug use and impaired driving.

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