10TV's Dom Tiberi Launches School Tour To Spread Maria's Message
WBNS-10TV and 10TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi have announced the launch of the Maria’s Message school tour, an awareness program to honor Tiberi’s late daughter, Maria, and to educate teens and young adults about the dangers of distracted driving.
Maria Tiberi, 21, was killed on September 17, 2013 in a tragic car accident near Hilliard, Ohio.
In February, the station launched “Maria’s Message” through a series of public service announcements.
10TV, Tiberi and his wife, Terri, along with children, Dominic and Kelsey, have committed to raising awareness of distracted driving, while promoting defensive driving through Maria’s Message.
“Eleven percent of all drivers under the age of 20, involved in fatal crashes, were reported as ‘distracted’ at the time of the crash,” said Tiberi. “The ages of these kids we’re speaking to has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. We have to educate them, and show them the risks.”
School visits begin Monday morning, April 14 at Dublin Coffman High School, Maria Tiberi’s alma mater.
The visits continue that afternoon at DeSales High School, Tiberi’s alma mater.
“The statistics are staggering,” Tiberi continued, “Too many teens and young adults are injured, or dying, in accidents that could be prevented. Yes, distracted driving is texting, but it’s also talking on the phone, eating, putting on makeup. You’d be amazed at what law enforcement officers tell me they’ve seen on our local roads.”
Other visits include:
Northmor H.S.: April 24
Dublin Jerome H.S.: April 29
Canal Winchester H.S.: April 30
Lancaster H.S.: May 1
The school tour also coincides with phase 2 of Maria’s Message, which includes a defensive driving pledge that all students are encouraged to sign and follow.