By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Terry Vance, an NHRA Legend, who is also the owner of Vance & Hines, had a special presentation on Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. Vance presented former Top Fuel Dragster pilot Doug Herbert a $1 million check.
The check will be used for Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S.’s national teen defensive driving program. Herbert established the B.R.A.K.E.S.’s program after losing both his sons Jon and James in a car accident.
In January 2008, Herbert got the call that would change his life forever. According to a B.R.A.K.E.S’s video, Herbert was in Phoenix when he got the call about his son’s being involved in an accident.
Herbert admits in the video that his son was driving recklessly and swerving through traffic, before losing control of the car. When his son’s car slid across the road, he was hit by another vehicle.
The program is called B.R.A.K.E.S.’s because it’s ‘Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe’. According to putonthebrakes.org, the program trained 33,000 young drivers from an August 1st, 2018 press release.
The program insists that teens, who go through the program, are 64% less likely to have an accident in their first three years of their program. In 2018, there were 38 schools with 12,000 students reached.
The upcoming class date on the website is Feb. 23-24 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. The classes for this session are full, according to the website, but you can be added to the waitlist.
That same weekend, there will also be a program at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.
Besides California and North Carolina, the program will also have 2019 classes in Orlando, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Memphis, Tennessee.
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