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Racers As Role Models

posted May 31, 2010, 12:45 PM by Elisa Myer   [ updated Jul 22, 2010, 7:11 AM ]

The relationship between road safety and car racing has never been more closely tied than it is today. Formula One created and financed a road-safety think tank, the FIA Foundation. It works with the United Nations and the World Bank to improve highway safety, especially in developing nations. 

Several racers, including Wurz and Michael Schumacher, work with the foundation to spread the safe-driving message. They said racers should be used as safe-driving role models. 

''A racing driver would never sit in his racing car under the influence of alcohol or drugs,'' Wurz said. ''He would always use his seat belt, always use all the safety nets possible, a helmet, HANS device, gloves, carbon fiber chassis. No one goes in the car tired, everyone is fully concentrated, fully fit, doesn't use mobile phones or listen to music. If everyone on the road behaved like this, we would have so many fewer accidents.'' 
New York Tomes...July 05-2007