DrivingMBA will host a ribbon-cutting event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at its newest site in Glendale.
Located at Il Palazzo at Arrowhead Ranch, 5940 W. Union Hills Drive, Suite D210, Glendale, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony will include appearances by the mayor, council members and Glendale Chamber of Commerce members, along with local businesses focused on car and driver safety.
The special outdoor event will also include an official dedication to Jennifer Hinds. The daughter of Frank Hinds, the founder of Red Means Stop, Jennifer was killed by a red-light runner in 1997 when she was a senior in high school. Frank has worked tirelessly to pass “Jennifer’s Law,” increasing the penalties for red-light runners who injure and kill others.
“The relationship between Red Means Stop and DrivingMBA is significant. Among other things, in the past, Red Means Stop has provided scholarships for students who have been unable to afford quality driver training,” said Maria Wojtczak, chief operating officer at DrivingMBA.
“We are dedicating the West Valley office to Jennifer because she was a student at Ironwood High School in Glendale,” Wojtczak said.
“This dedication is an important reminder that we need to do better, that Jennifer’s life wasn’t lost in vain, and we need to continue to educate the public about the horrific consequences of running a red light.
“Unfortunately, Arizona remains No. 1 in the country for red light running, so we haven’t been able to move the needle on this just yet. But we will continue to fight to bring awareness to this important cause.”
To further raise awareness in the community, DrivingMBA is combining the West Valley grand opening event with a Safe Driving Expo.
DrivingMBA will have its mobile unit on-site where attendees can take a turn on the defensive driving simulator. The afternoon will raise awareness for all aspects of driver safety. Greulich’s Automotive will be on-site to demonstrate how to check tire tread, put air in tires, check oil, and other basic car care tips.
Red Means Stop, AAA and State Farm Insurance, representatives from Glendale Police and Fire, as well as other automotive-related businesses will be in attendance. Enjoy food from the plaza’s food vendors, including Rita’s, Café Rumba, Ginger China Bistro and Heroes Pub & Grub.
Since opening its doors a decade ago, DrivingMBA has graduated over 15,000 students and has become known as one of the Valley’s most comprehensive teen driver training programs. Research shows motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death among teenagers in the United States and most of these fatal collisions occur within six months of a driver obtaining a license.
“For any family considering registering their teen for driver training, this is the time to do it. We learned early on that standard driving training isn’t enough to keep Valley teens safe on the roads,” Wojtczak said.
“Our mission is to save lives, and we believe in the power of education and providing our students training and tools based on research and science to help them become competent, responsible and safe drivers for the rest of their lives.”
DrivingMBA is in Scottsdale and Glendale. It offers driving education for all ages and skill levels, including programs for adult drivers, exceptional learners, senior assessments and fleet drivers.
For more information, visit drivingmba.com or call 480-948-1648.