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Somers Teen Races For Distracted Driving Awareness

More than 60 people, including teens from Armonk, Somers and Greenwich, competed in a Yellow Light fundraiser in Mount Kisco to raise awareness of distracted driving.
More than 60 people, including teens from Armonk, Somers and Greenwich, competed in a Yellow Light fundraiser in Mount Kisco to raise awareness of distracted driving. Photo Credit: Courtesy Grand Prix New York and Yellow Light

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Somers' Paige Jockimo placed first in a race at Mount Kisco's Grand Prix New York. She wasn't competing for a trophy but to help fundraise for a cause aiming to save the lives of teenage drivers.

Jockimo placed first in the GT Class at the first fundraising event for Project Yellow Light, a group looking to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. More than 60 participants from Westchester and Fairfield counties joined Jockimo in the June race. The fundraiser was organized by Greenwich High School students Ben Albano and Beau Dealy, according to a press release.

The fundraiser brought in $2,200 for the group, which will go toward future awareness programs, according to the release.

“Our age group needs to take the lead in putting a stop to distracted driving," Albano said in the release. "By raising funds and holding this event we hope to help further the cause of Project Yellow Light."

Julie Garner, with her husband and daughter, founded Project Yellow Light after losing her son, Hunter, in a car crash six years ago this week, at the age of 16, according to the release.

“We are so thrilled and honored with this amazing community effort," said Garner in the release. "Ben Albano and Beau Dealy have done something very special here in raising awareness of distracted driving, the No. 1 killer of our youth in this nation. This is actually the first time anyone has ever done a fundraiser on behalf of our effort and we are absolutely blown away and humbled. I just can’t tell you how much it means to us.”

Grand Prix New York President Nat Mundy said the facility hosted the event because he knows that being on the road is "serious business."

“We have a perfect opportunity here to capture the attention of young drivers and help educate them about the dangers and potential consequences of distracted driving," Mundy said in the release.

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