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Road Radio USA Puts Western Pennsylvania Teens in the Driver’s Seat to Warn Them About Risky Behaviors

Edgar Snyder & Associates and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC partner on program

Road Radio USA, an award-winning program geared toward preventing underage drinking and other destructive behaviors, is back for a second school year. The program will be presented to thousands of middle and high school students in western Pennsylvania this school year thanks to a partnership between the law offices of Edgar Snyder & Associates and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.  

The Road Radio USA program is a simulated “live radio broadcast” founded by Jim Mothersbaugh, the survivor of an alcohol-related crash. Mothersbaugh incorporates music, lights, sounds and his own gripping, personal account of his crash in multimedia assembly that leaves students riveted. Steel Valley Middle School will host the program on Tuesday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m.

“We were happy to partner with Attorney Edgar Snyder for a second year to bring Road Radio USA to local schools because of the overwhelming success of the program last year,” said Barbara A. Gaines, MD, director of the Benedum Trauma Program at Children’s. “A program like this is important because it shows teens the dangers of engaging in risky behavior in a new way.”

The Road Radio program addresses the consequences of destructive behaviors and teens’ misconceptions about the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Questions are posed to Mothersbaugh from students who pretend to “call in” to the radio program. Mothersbaugh was a high school senior when he and three friends were involved in an alcohol-related crash. The crash killed one of his friends and left Mothersbaugh in a coma and paralyzed. He has since recovered, but continues to deal with memory loss, fatigue, cognitive problems and the psychological impact of the crash.

“If this program prevents just one young person in western Pennsylvania from abusing alcohol, it is well worth it,” Attorney Edgar Snyder said.

Attorney Snyder has often times had to talk to the families of children who have been seriously hurt in accidents that could have been prevented if either the children or the adults involved had known just a little more about safety. That is why he and his wife collaborate with Children’s not only with the Road Radio project, but also offer their ongoing support of the injury prevention program at Children’s, he said.

Road Radio will be making a number of stops in the upcoming weeks, including:

Steel Valley M.S.
1:30 p.m.
Tuesday,
March 27
Elizabeth Forward M.S.
10 a.m.
Wednesday,
March 28
Riverview M.S./H.S.
8 and 10:50 a.m.
Thursday,
March 29
Rostraver M.S.
8 a.m.
Thursday,
April 26
West Allegheny M.S.
9 a.m.
Friday,
April 27
Houston M.S.
2 p.m.
Monday,
April 30

 

Editor’s Note: Media interested in covering any of these Road Radio visits can call 412-692-5016 for more information.

Learn more about Road Radio and other injury prevention programs at Children’s.

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April 21, 2008
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