Maria’s Message Campaign Works To Make September Safe Driving Month

UPDATED: Wednesday March 26, 2014 1:40 PM

Ohio lawmakers are working with the Maria’s Message campaign to name the month of September "Safe Driving Awareness Month.”

It’s not often when every senator on the Public Safety Committee attends a hearing at the statehouse. But that’s what happened on Wednesday.

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What brought them together is a proposed bill that would declare this September as Safe Driving Awareness Month, in honor of Dom Tiberi's daughter Maria, who tragically lost her life in a car accident last fall.

Supporting Dom at the hearing were former Ohio State University head football coaches Earle Bruce and John Cooper. Letters were sent in support of the bill by Urban Meyer, Jack Nicklaus and Todd Richards.

In emotional remarks, Dom told the committee that he hopes Maria’s story can protect others.

“Auto accidents are the number one killer in the age group 8 to 24. In Ohio, every 7.8 hours someone is killed in an automobile accident. Nationally, every 16 minutes someone dies on our highways, and I’m determined to do something about it,” said 10TV's Tiberi.

A number of local leaders provided letters to lawmakers supporting the efforts of Maria's Message. They included letters from Archie Griffin, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Smith, Thad Matta, Todd Richards, and Urban Meyer.

The legislation is on a fast track to become law in Ohio.

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