BMW Performance Center Donates Use of Facility to B.R.A.K.E.S.
Foundation Announces Dates for South Carolina Driving Schools
LINCOLNTON, N.C. (May 12, 2009) -- B.R.A.K.E.S., the 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to promoting safe teen driving, will hold it's Teen Pro-Active Driving School at two different South Carolina locations in July and August. On July 25 the organization will use the BMW Performance Center near Spartanburg, and on August 8 it will utilize the National Guard Armory in Columbia.
"We've already had numerous successful schools here in Charlotte, but going down to Spartanburg and Columbia will help us reach even more teens," said B.R.A.K.E.S. Founder, Doug Herbert. "I really want to thank everyone at the BMW Performance Center and the National Guard Armory, especially General Schuler. I'm also very appreciative for the effort put forth by South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. He is a friend to our organization and he worked to secure these sites for us, and we're very thankful."
"I have a lot of respect for Doug, and I saw how one wrong move affected his life forever and ended two young, promising lives," said Bauer, who will attend the school on July 25 to speak with participating teens and show his support for the cause. "Despite the consequence of a terrible decision having a devastating impact upon Doug and his family, he is determined to turn personal tragedy into saving grace for other parents and children, and I will gladly do all I can to support him."
The B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School, which is conducted free of charge for all participants, gives young drivers the dynamic experience of handling a vehicle in adverse driving conditions and a controlled environment. Professional driving instructors educate students on the proper way to handle skids, panic stops, accident avoidance maneuvers and driving with distractions.
"A large number of auto-related fatalities occur as a result of inexperienced driving," said David Trimble, Sales and Events Manger, BMW Performance Driving School. "At BMW we realize the severity and national scope of this issue, as well as the need for additional, hands on training for our young drivers. As a manufacturer we have a responsibility to help and donating use of our facility to B.R.A.K.E.S. is one way that we can aid the foundation in its effort to keep teen drivers safe. We're glad that we can do our part to make a difference."
To attend the school, teens must have a valid learner's permit or driver's license. Parents are required to attend and are invited to experience the various courses; however, the focus remains on the teens. Two sessions of the school will be held at each site, the morning sessions will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the afternoon sessions from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"Using the BMW facility will be great for the school because we can host a large number of students at that facility," said Herbert. "We'll register 18 teens per session for the school at the National Guard Armory in Columbia and we'll have enough space at the BMW Performance Center to have 40 teens per session."
Parents and teens can visit www.putonthebrakes.org to learn more about the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School. Spots will fill quickly and parents interested in registering their teen(s) for either location, Spartanburg or Columbia, should call (704) 732-8950.
B.R.A.K.E.S., which stands for Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe, is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded by NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert in memory of his two sons who were killed in a car accident. By training and educating teenage drivers and their parents, the foundation aims to promote safe driving in an attempt to prevent injuries and save lives. To volunteer, obtain more information or donate, please visit www.putonthebrakes.org.