• Apr 8, 2006
It's always tragic when people die from automotive accidents, especially when they've barely started their lives. Last month, four teen from Wakefield High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, were killed when the driver's Mazda RX-8 slammed into a concrete barrier. In response, the high school, the Wakefield Forest police department, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) have gathered together to put on a safe-driving fair this weekend. Leith Chevrolet dealership owner Chris Leith has also joined the fair.
Air bag deployment and equipment simulating alcohol intoxication are some of the exhibits at the fair. For those in the area, location and times of the safe-driving fair can be found at the link.

[Source: The News & Observers]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The 4 killed were close friends of a friend of mine. It's a shame that sometimes it takes events like this to give people the motivation to keep from driving dangerously.

      A former co-worker had a fatal accident involving an S2000 and a curve too sharp for his high speeds. Accidents like these are coming more and more common, it seems. I'm starting to think that people might think that technology has provided new safety features that will save them from almost any possible accident.
      • 8 Years Ago
      even a few weeks after this incident happened, it's still disturbing to hear about it. I'm a senior at Millbrook HS (the closest high school to Wakefield) and some of my friends knew these people. In fact, i delivered some flowers to the funeral of the driver. It sort of humanizes these things.

      It's very eye opening for the mass of the population at that school, who think they're larger than life. It's a great tragedy but it will have the side effect of making the rest of the wakefield kids at least not drive like such idiots for a little while longer.

      Even coming from a teenager, i think teenagers need to realize they're not invincible. People at millbrook drive like retards, and from everything i've heard, wakefield is even worse.

      It's just a shame, just a waste. Don't let your kid borrow your RX-8, parents, unless you want them to die.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those RX8's are fricking fast. I took one out a couple of weeks ago and it scared me how fast I could accellerate to 100 MPH. Even with traction control on, I managed to burn the rear tires and quickly move through gears and out run literally everything on the highway. And this was during my test drive with the salesman in the car. Thankfully, the salesman appreciates hard driving so I could get 'away' with that drive. However, there are limits and I tend to drive very reasonably for 90% of the time and just "test" the car on open stretches. Life is too short to end up wrapped on a telephone pole.

      Check out my rx8 review.

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      Stoneman Auto Review

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why are kids who just got their licenses driving RX-8s, anyways?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damn, that's my home town and this has been happening a lot lately. Drunk teens on empty highways with fast cars is not a good mix.
      • 8 Years Ago
      manufacturers add more safety features, but also add more and more performance because people demand it, despite the fact that 90% of everyday driving means you can't even use all that horsepower.

      A billion safety features could never save someone from their own bad decisions; not to mock the dead, but it is something to think about.