Updates from Jacob Smith, our Regional Champion for North America

Updates from Jacob Smith, our Regional Champion for North America

From participating in leadership opportunities in high school to establishing his own consulting firm where he works with national nonprofit organizations in advocacy, Jacob Smith remains passionate about promoting safety issues and youth leadership.

jacob ciricle imageHello,

Have you heard? The National Safety Council recently estimated 40,000 people were killed in motor vehicle-related crashes in 2018, with industries and property damages at $412.8 billion in the United States. These numbers are unacceptable, and there is no secret that there has become a societal normal of car crashes.

NTSB Vice Chairman Bella Dinh – Zarr, PH.D MPH recently shared in an Op Ed how we can save at least 1500 lives every year if every state adopts a .05 BAC law. Interventions like such is what changes the behavior, but more importantly the culture. I was recently shocked after learning the trend “DDD – designated drunk driver”. This has become a trend in undergraduate institutions and illustrates the need for stronger laws and education in higher education.

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Jacob at the Vision Zero for Youth event.

Upcoming Events:
This past month I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the FIA Foundation Catalyzing Safe & Healthy Streets: Vision Zero for Youth as part of the Transportation Research Board Annual meeting.

I look forward to attending the next few events. If you are attending, please reach out and let’s connect!

  • Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities – March 31 – April 2, 2019
  • Texas FCCLA State Leadership Conference – April 4 – 6, 2019

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