Glastonbury teen starts safe driving program

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Drunk driving kills is a message that parents want all teenagers to take to heart. But getting that message to sink in can be a challenge unless it’s also coming from a teenager.

“She was the best, I can’t really talk about it right now,” said Audrey Apanovitch.

Audrey Apanovitch lost one of her best friends to a car accident last summer. Jane Modlesky, a lacrosse star at Glastonbury High School, hit a tree. Police say the student was drunk. Now Audrey is using her emotion and passion to start something big in her friend’s name.

Jane Modlesky

“And I hope it makes an impact on our town, I hope we all come together, and try and fix this,” said Apanovitch.

Audrey has brought the DMV, Town of Glastonbury, school officials and health workers from Children’s Medical Center to the Governor’s Safety Office. They all stand at a podium and back a 16-year-old with her plan called “Be the Key.”

On one side it targets parents with a message of communication with young drivers, on the other the campaign will look teens right in the eyes and tell them driving is dangerous.

“I just hope that we can reduce car crashes even just like tickets, I just hope kids will take it seriously,” said Apanovitch.

One of the reasons the DMV and the Town of Glastonbury were excited to partner with this 16-year-old is because who better way to get through the dangers of teen driving than a teen driver and she was already leading the way.

“We were inspired by her compassion and leadership. A lot of adults talk about a lot that has to get done, but it’s not very often that a kid comes to you and says we need your help,” said Joe Williams, Glastonbury Education Foundation.

The 16-year-old will have car magnets and bracelets and surveys to weave her message through the high school, to the driving school, to parents at home.

“We wanted to be a part of it. This is amazing, if we can model this it could spread throughout the state with other teenagers doing it,” said Victor Diaz, Dept. Commisioner DMV.

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