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July 17, 2018

Drive to Save Lives – Join “Maria’s Ride” Event – September 16, 2018

It’s time to put an end to distracted driving and it starts with Maria’s Ride. Join Central Ohio 10TV sports anchor, Dom Tiberi, for “Maria’s Ride” on Sunday, September 16th.  The event was created to honor Maria Tiberi’s life and raise money to purchase driving simulators to donate throughout Ohio.  To date, the Maria Tiberi Foundation has donated over 40 driving simulators in Ohio, Texas, Tennessee and Indiana showing teens first hand the devastating consequences of driving distracted.  The Tiberi’s are devoted to ensuring no one else has to endure the tragic loss of a loved one due to a lack of appropriate driver education. “We want people to realize through these simulators what bad can happen and learn it in a safe environment. Don’t learn it on the highway,” Dom said. “We want to change habits.” A procession of 300 cars will begin at Dublin Coffman High School and end at the Schottenstein Center on The Ohio State University campus.  You can sign up to participate in the drive or join a ‘virtual’ team and donate to the cause.  Virtual Driver Interactive has set up a team and our goal is to raise $5,000!  All you have to do is click here then go to the DONATE NOW button.  Before you select an amount to donate, credit your donation to our team -  Virtual Driver Interactive!  Join us in helping the Maria Tiberi Foundation raise money to eradicate the distracted driving epidemic in the state of Ohio and beyond.   To learn more, click here. by Pam LeFevre, VP of Marketing
February 3, 2018

Maria Tiberi Foundation Teaches Teens to Keep their Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel and Minds on Driving

"We as parents and grandparents should be outraged that the number one killer of our kids age 8 to 24 is car crashes…it is so preventable.  Education is the key and we must change teen driving behaviors and habits.  Distracted driving is an epidemic in our country.  I believe the use of simulators is a great educational tool,” said Mr. Tiberi.
Back in 2013, Dom & Terri Tiberi founded the Maria Tiberi Foundation in memory of their daughter, Maria, who was killed tragically in an automobile maria tiberi foundationaccident when she collided at 53 mph into the back of a semi truck.  Since Maria had only three years of driving experience, the Tiberi’s are devoted to ensuring no one else has to endure the tragic loss of a loved one due to inexperience or lack of appropriate driver education. Dom, central Ohio TV sports anchor, developed the “Maria’s Message” presentation to create a new generation of Maria Tiberi_5.1.17defensive, not distracted, drivers.  He has delivered this presentation to 83 high school audiences reaching more than 60,000 young people to date.  Additionally, the foundation is providing distracted driving simulators so young people can experience the devastating consequences first hand.  Over 90% of the money raised by the foundation is allocated specifically to purchasing driving simulators and placing them with police departments and school districts who will utilize them in their distracted driving outreach programs. To that end, the foundation has already donated 42 Virtual Driver Interactive simulators throughout Ohio to reach as many teens as possible including the Ohio Department of Transportation, local police departments, sheriff’s offices, school districts and hospitals.
“We want people to realize through these simulators what bad can happen and learn it in a safe environment. Don’t learn it on the highway,” Dom said. “We want to change habits.”
For more information, visit our website and check out our Facebook page. by Pam LeFevre, VDI VP of Marketing [embed]https://vimeo.com/189241468[/embed]
January 22, 2018

ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital

ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital educates their community on the impact of being distracted while driving.
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