An Educational Initiative to Reduce Teen Traffic Violations and Teen Deaths Due to CAR CRASHES.
Board of directors:
William R. Richardson (Founder)
Several years prior to retirement Bill began a project on the department called "It Won't Happen To Me". This project was designed to use the stories of the lives of teenagers who lost their lives in teen driving related car crashes to educate teens of the consequences of making the wrong decisions while driving. This project became very successful and funding for the printing of the book was picked up by the Governors Office of Safety and continued for four years till his retirement in 2004. In December of 2004 IWHTM was incorporated and IWHTM was taken nation wide to schools, churches, synagogues and various civic organizations.
Toward the end of 2004 Bill was requested to form a Teen Victim Impact Program by the Solicitor of Gwinnett County. Through the cooperative effort of It Won’t Happen To Me, The Teen Victim Impact Program (TVIP) was developed and began January 2006. In 2009 TVIP was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. It Won't Happen To Me now operates under the umbrella of TVIP. January of 2011 we have begun our Teen Victim Impact Program in the City of Atlanta and Athens, Dekalb, Paulding and Rockdale Counties. October 2012 we began our program for the Chatham County Recorders Court (Savannah).
Our over all effort has been to target teens and their parents. It became apparent that we were not able to reach the parents to the degree we would like so we have begun to try to reach parents at their work place by doing programs at various corporate safety programs, lunch and learns etc. We have spoken to Delt Airlines employees at both Atlanta and Detroit Delta locations. January 2013 we are set to speak to safety managers for Cintas Corporation. We feel this has been an effective means to reach parents of teens and have gotten positive response. In addition to reaching out to corporations we also speak and exhibit at various conferences and seminars.
David Robertson is a native of Savannah and has lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 1981. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia.
David is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. David is admitted to practice in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the United States Patent Bar.
She has enjoyed traveling the world with Billy and his sister, Alexis. Billy died on June 8, 2006 in a single car accident. Neither him nor the driver were wearing their seatbelts. Both were ejected from the vehicle and killed instantly. Holly has found speaking to the teens to be a great tool for working through her grief. Holly and Alexis currently reside in Snellville, GA.