April 2015 Archive

Scholarship Contest Winner
Illustrating a Drunk Driving Tragedy

Heather, a senior at Franklin Regional High School, created a time-lapse video capturing a series of hand-drawn sketches. The pictures tell the story of a proud mother who watches her son grow up, hitting each of his childhood milestones. It all comes to an abrupt end one night as she stays up waiting for him to come home, but he never does. The audience learns that her son was killed in a drunk driving accident.

Scholarship Contest
Texting & Driving: Photos to Raise Awareness

Katey, a senior at Forest Hills High School, submitted a series of dramatic photographs depicting the risks posed by distracted driving. Each photo is framed like a motivational poster and is paired with text offering a sobering warning to young drivers.

Scholarship Contest
Teen's Song Warns Against Distracted Driving

Emma’s winning entry, “Halfway Home,” is an original song she wrote to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Her song was inspired by the story of Jacy Good, a young woman whose life was changed forever when a car accident claimed the lives of both of her parents and left her partially paralyzed.

College Scholarship Contest Judging
2015 Scholarship Judges

The results are in for our 2015 "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest, and the winners have been announced. Now we'd like to introduce our panel of community judges, who had the difficult task of selecting just three winners out of more than 200 entries. Each judge does amazing things to make our community a safer place, and we were honored to have them as a part of our 2015 scholarship contest.

2015 Save a Life Tour
2015 Save A Life Tour

Auto accidents are the number 1 cause of death among teens in the United States. In fact, the two biggest dangers facing teenagers are risky driving habits and unsafe driving distractions.

motorcycle stock photo mistakes
7 Crazy Motorcycle Safety Mistakes From Stock Photos

Stock photos are meant to appeal to a wide audience, and typically reflect everyday activities—like a family eating dinner, business executives shaking hands, or students in a classroom. However, not all stock photos are so conventional. Through our online research on motorcycle safety, we've come across some pretty crazy depictions of supposedly "normal" activities on a motorcycle. We compiled a few of the most outlandish and dangerous stock photographs, so others could learn from these 7 Crazy Motorcycle Safety Mistakes.

is your teen drinking?
Is Your Teenager Drinking?

Only 1 in 100 parents believe his or her child binge drinks. But, according to anonymous surveys given to high school students, 1 out of every 6 teens regularly binge drinks. Not sure if your child is drinking? Look for these telltale signs...

Motorcycle Passenger Safety Tips
Motorcycle Passenger Safety Tips

The best way to avoid a crash is to prevent it from happening. By knowing the right way to ride, passengers can help everyone stay safe and maintain control. We've put together this list to keep your rides safe and accident free.

Pittsburgh's Best Biking Trails
Pittsburgh's Best Biking Trails

You collect your gear, grab your helmet, hook up the bike racks, and now you're ready to ride. The only problem is that you're not sure where to go. If you live near Pittsburgh, we've got just the locations for your next bicycle trip.

april showers
How to Drive During Pittsburgh’s Rainy Season

Rain, fog, and weather-worn roadways are all hazards that come with the rainy season. So, buckle-up and get ready to ride out the rain and other unfavorable spring conditions with these tricks for driving during Pittsburgh’s rainy season.

Safety Tips for Spring Riders
Motorcycle Safety Tips for Spring Riders

The weather is warming, the sun is shining, and it's starting to look like riding season. After waiting through what seemed like an infinite winter, it's finally time to get your bike out of storage and back on the road.

guide to safe playgrounds
The Definitive Guide to Safe Playgrounds

As the ground thaws, kids that have been cooped up inside all winter take to their backyard swing sets, jungle gyms, or local public playgrounds for some outdoor entertainment. But, playgrounds aren't always fun and games. Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger end up in emergency rooms with playground-related injuries.