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GDOT and Lutzie 43 Foundation to Host Second Safe Driving Summit at GSU • The Georgia Virtue

Road deaths in Georgia and across the country continue to rise due to distracted driving, excessive speed and continued lack of seat belt use. To reduce injuries and deaths on our roads, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) continues to seek innovative ways to educate and raise awareness. The Georgia DOT, in partnership with the Lutzie 43 Foundation, will host the second Safe Driving Summit at Georgia Southern University on September 13, 2022.

“We look forward to the next Safe Driving Summit in Statesboro and have the opportunity to provide high school students in Southeast Georgia with the opportunity to learn about the dangers of distracted driving habits, with faculties impaired and dangerous,” said Sam Harris, State Safety Engineering. Responsible for the Georgia DOT. “The vision of this partnership is to eliminate fatalities and serious crashes caused by distracted driving in Georgia and these summits help target messaging to our state’s youngest drivers – high school students.”

Students from high schools located in Bulloch, Bryan, Effingham, Evans and Jenkins counties will gather at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Georgia Southern University to hear from industry experts on how they can protect themselves and others on the road by adopting safe behaviors while traveling in a vehicle. Students will participate in a presentation by Ann R. Purcell, member of the State Transportation Board; Andrew Heath, Deputy Chief Engineer, Georgia DOT; and Mike Lutzenkirchen, Executive Director of the Lutzie 43 Foundation. Students will then participate and rotate through the breakout sessions led by safe driving experts and others, including:


  • Georgia State Patrol
  • Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office
  • Statesboro City Police
  • Atlanta Children’s Health Care
  • Wellstar Health System
  • J&M Tank Lines Inc.
  • American Trucking Associations
  • State farm insurance

“The Safe Driving Summits will take place across Georgia, engaging local high school students to participate in breakout sessions focused on the real-world consequences of decisions made by drivers and passengers on Georgia’s roads,” said said Harris. “Through Georgia DOT’s partnership with the Lutzie 43 Foundation, students will come away with real-world experience and skills to help prioritize safe driving and become ambassadors for safe driving practices in their communities. They will also receive tangible reminders of safe driving practices, including the Key 43 Seconds Safe Driving Messages and the Key 43 Seconds Physical Key provided by the Lutize 43 Foundation.”

Media are invited to attend the Safe Driving Summit.

WHEN: September 13, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST
Programming will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST

WHERE: The Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University
847 Plant Drive, Statesboro, Georgia 30460

The Lutzie 43 Foundation aims to encourage and empower all drivers to be positive ambassadors for safe driving through character development, mentorship and real-world application. The Lutzie 43 Foundation was established in loving memory of former Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen, shortly after he lost his life in a car crash in 2014. In his memory, the Safe Driving Initiative 43 Key Seconds of the foundation aims to create the first symbol of awareness and prevention of distracted and impaired driving. The youth foundation’s motto is “Live Like Lutz, Love Like Lutz, and Learn From Lutz”, reflecting his desire to help others experience the many positive character attributes Philip displayed while learning from the circumstances that led to his death.