WHEREAS, every driver has the right and responsibility to be safe on our roads; and
WHEREAS, more than 5,000 teenage drivers die in car crashes annually; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina loses more than 50 teenagers each year to car crashes; and
WHEREAS, we believe no parent should ever again receive a call saying their child has died in a car crash; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina has more than 105,000 miles of maintained roads, which are traversed by millions of drivers and their passengers annually; and
WHEREAS, operating a vehicle distracted by phone calls or texting is not only illegal, it can be deadly; and
WHEREAS, B.R.A.K.E.S. is a charity committed to the goal of teaching teens and their parents the importance of safe driving; and
WHEREAS, B.R.A.K.E.S. provides Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools to residents of North Carolina at no cost to our cherished teens and their parents; and
WHEREAS, our roads and highways will be safer, and our teens will come home to their parents because of the advanced training they receive at these schools; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina honors Doug Herbert in recognition of his efforts as founder of B.R.A.K.E.S., in memory of his sons Jon and James;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim
September 12, 2014, as “BE RESPONSIBLE AND KEEP EVERYONE SAFE DAY” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.