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Don’t Be Ashamed to Love Your Car; Show It Off and Support Safe Driving Too

Friday, September 26, 2008

At the 2007 Rides for Life event, 150 cars and motorcycles were entered to win trophies in a variety of categories.

Injuries on the road can happen at any time, to any one. A simple thing like driving to school or to a vacation house can have consequences. Driving is not something to be taken lightly. This year’s Rides for Life invites everyone interested to take pride in their vehicles and to help raise awareness about the potential dangers of driving at the same time.

The 4th annual Rides for Life is set to take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. Mykonos Café will host the event at their Winton Plaza location in Henrietta at 3423 Winton Place. Entry donations are $5 and proceeds go to the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Rochester.

A lot of people are less concerned about driving safety and awareness because of fewer cars on the road these days, but Julius Cheng, M.D., associate professor of Trauma, Burn, and Emergency Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center thinks otherwise. “Injuries on the road have fallen for the past year, perhaps because people are driving less from the spike in gas prices, but my concern is that this will lead to cuts in Driver’s Education programs.” Dr. Cheng is also alarmed at the increased rate in motorcycle deaths.

Everyone is invited to view the variety of cars or compete in the show. Some of the judging categories include Best in Show, Motorcycle/Cruiser, Sport Compact/Domestic, Euro Import, Exotic/Custom, Truck/SUV and “Beaters”. This year will add live music to the event, with The Methuselah Project, and two virtual simulators will let event-goers test their skills on the road in various conditions. Shortly before awards are announced, Vincent Scollo from Allstate will present a $500 community check to Co-Director of Injury Free Anne Brayer, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Last year’s Rides for Life car show brought in about 150 automobiles and motorcycles, young and old, shiny and rusty, and raised $1,500 for Injury Free Coalition for Kids. Injury Free is a child safety program, aimed at reducing preventable injuries and deaths. It is a coalition of groups, organizations and agencies based out of Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. This year, Injury Free hopes to put money raised towards a virtual simulator. The simulator would be used for teen driver education programs in high schools.  

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