Recommended Reading

Preventing Teen Motor Crashes: Contributions from the Behavioral and Social Sciences: Workshop Report
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National Research Council, Institute of Medicine, and Transportation Research Board Program Committee for a Workshop on Contributions from the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Reducing and Preventing Teen Motor Crashes.

Respect the Journey!
Tyler R. Presnell.
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Tyler was 14 years old in 1999 when he got into the backseat of a car with his 16-year-old friend behind the wheel. His friend had only been licensed 2 weeks. From Tyler’s biography: “Between our two homes, and uncomfortably close to a local high school, lies a road dubbed ‘The Roller Coaster Hills’. In an attempt to have fun and be cool, the driver began speeding up and down the rolling hills at seventy miles-an-hour before losing control and slamming into a telephone pole. My seat alone took the brutal impact of the telephone pole that the vehicle had wrapped around.” Following this horrific crash, Tyler’s memory was severely damaged from a traumatic brain injury. Tyler often forgets where he is or what he’s doing. He’s had 22 surgeries which have left his body with over 13 feet of scars. Tyler has used this awful experience to reach out and to educate others through the Tyler Presnell Foundation. In 2013, he published this book of poetry to share words of inspiration and respect, and to share his journey with others.

Chasing Hope
David Hafetz in Austin American-Statesman

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The story of Jacqueline and Amadeo Saburido. In 1999, Jacqueline Saburido (Jacqui) was a passenger in a vehicle, driven by her friend, Natalia Bennett. At the same time, 18-year-old high school student, Reginald Stephey, was coming home from a party, drunk. Reginald swerved into oncoming traffic and into the car Jacqui was riding in. Two of Jacqui’s friends died instantly. Jacqui, however, was pinned inside the burning car. She suffered second and third degree burns to over 60% of her body. She lost her hair, ears, nose, lips, left eye, and most of her vision. She has undergone more than 100 surgeries.

Reckless Disregard: Corporate Greed, Government Indifference, and the Kentucky School Bus Crash
James S. Kunen
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The story of corporate negligence and drunk driving that led to the deaths for twenty-seven children and adults in a Kentucky school bus reveals the family who refused to settle their lawsuit and helped change standards to protect all children.

Mick Harte Was Here
Barbara Park
Yearling ISBN 0679882030
A story about Mick, who failed to wear a helmet that might have saved his life.

Drivers Ed
Caroline B. Cooney
Laurel Leaf, ISBN 978-0440219811
A story about Remy who is about to get her driver’s license and makes a bad decision.