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None 4 Under 21 drunk driving crash re-enactment, 2013

Hiram College is proud to be the location sponsor for the thirteenth annual None 4 Under 21 and Choices Beyond Program, to be held on the Hiram College campus April 21, 2015 from 9-11:30 a.m. The event is coordinated by Portage County Safe Communities and presenting sponsor, Cleveland-based personal injury law firm of Elk & Elk®.

Held in Martin Field House at Hiram College, None 4 Under 21 empowers young people to make appropriate choices by graphically demonstrating the consequences of poor decision-making.

“The goal is to reduce teenage fatalities, especially during prom and graduation season,” said Lynette Blasiman, director of Portage County Safe Communities.

Approximately 2,000 Northeast Ohio high school seniors from Portage County and neighboring school districts will learn about choices and consequences through mock scenes, speakers and the Walk of Remembrance with eleven area families honoring their loved one killed in a traffic crash.

The program, emceed by Elk & Elk partner, Marilena DiSilvio, will include testimonials from speakers whose lives have been forever changed by drunk and distracted driving. Scheduled to appear are Marc Streem, a bereaved father whose fourteen-year-old son died in a crash; Aaron Cooksey, who became an alcohol awareness speaker after killing his best friend in a crash; and an Ohio inmate, currently serving a prison sentence for aggravated vehicular homicide.

This year’s None 4 Under 21 Sponsors include: Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., Ohio Troopers Coalition, Portage Community Bank, Aurora American Legion Post 803, Ravenna American Legion Post 331, Brink and Company Insurance, Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, Hughie’s Event Production Services, Portage County Prosecutor’s Office, Gateway Towing, Hiram College and Portage Marble and Granite.

About Portage County Safe Communities:

Portage County Safe Communities focuses on seat belt usage, impaired driving, distracted driving, and motorcycle safety. In addition to the educational and enforcement components, the Fatal Review Board examines fatal crashes to identify trends in Portage County.