NO FEAR NO FUTURE
Over ten years ago, Junior League of Lafayette recognized an opportunity to educate youth on the risks and consequences of driving while impaired, and with the unwavering support of our community partners, NO FEAR NO FUTURE was born. To date, over 10,000 students have participated in this life-changing, two-day initiative which exposes high school juniors and seniors to the realities and consequences of driving while impaired.
Recently, Junior League of Lafayette expanded its NFNF program to include distracted driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 10% of drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of distracted drivers. Text messaging poses a triple threat because it combines three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive. In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving.
Junior League of Lafayette knew that more students needed to hear the message of impaired and distracted driving and chose to reach out to our community’s pre-driving students with the inaugural NO FEAR NO FUTURE 9th Grade Program. NFNF Chair Paige Capell shared, “since we cannot possibly reach every student in the parish with our two-day program because it is held in one high school per year, we wanted to present the opportunity for all ninth grade students to, at the very least, get a taste of our event. Everyone needs to hear this message about distracted and impaired driving, and this was the best way to reach them at least one time throughout their high school careers.”
Mr. Eric Searcy (pictured left) shared his personal story about the challenges he now faces as a direct result of a vehicle crash caused by an intoxicated driver. Master Trooper John Childers with Louisiana State Police Troop I, addressed the freshmen on the possible legal consequences, penalties and criminal charges of distracted and impaired driving and the importance of wearing seatbelts at all times. Dr. Donald Aguillard, Superintendent of Lafayette Parish School System, closed the program by talking about the future of their generation in regards to changes being made in the motor vehicle industry and the importance – and his personal desire – of seeing each child graduate.On October 8, 2015, over 1,800 high school freshmen from Acadiana High, David Thibodaux STEM Academy, Early College Academy, Lafayette High, Northside High, Oasis Christian School and St. Thomas More participated in the program at the Heymann Performing Arts Center.
NO FEAR NO FUTURE 2016 will be held April 7 - 8 at Comeaux High School.
NO FEAR NO FUTURE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
- Acadian Ambulance & Airmed
- Bobby Badeaux, Director of Athletics, LPSS
- Damon Evans, Director of Transportation, LPSS
- Dr. Donald Aguillard, Superintendent, LPSS
- Fountain Memorial Funeral Home
- Glen Clark, Fieldspan, Videographer
- Guy’s Towing
- Heymann Performing Arts Center
- Hearing Officer, Maggie Simar
- Joe Craig, Chief Administrative Officer, LPSS
- Lafayette Fire Department
- Lafayette Parish Coroner's Office
- Lafayette Parish School System
- Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office
- Lafayette Police Department
- Lisa Tilton, Transportation Coordinator, LPSS
- Liskow & Lewis
- Louisiana State Police, Troop I
- Mrs. Lisa McCoy
- Our Lady of Lourdes
- Roly Poly
- The Eric Searcy Foundation
- The Family Tree