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DONATIONS NEEDED- Racers Against Texting & Driving

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Hello everyone.


We need your help. Please donate to our cause, and save lives.


Three months ago, my niece was killed, when she was texting while driving her car. To those who don't believe that texting while driving is not a issue or dangerous, my niece proves that it can & will happen.


I hope this is a lesson to all her young friends and college mates that texting while driving is too much of a distraction. The problem is our young people are so resilient we're concerned that in a few short months they will go right back to texting. So we need to campaign our cause as much as we can.


We started a non-profit organization named, Racers Against Texting While Driving. Our federal I.D number is below, along with other contact information and PayPal Donation account.


We raced 360 winged sprint for 12 years, but have since retired. We're asking for new, or very good condition sprint car parts and money donations, to build a special 2 seat & street legal sprint car to campaign with for our cause. Some sprint car manufactures have donated a lot of parts and several racing teams, but we need money donations to buy a lot of miscellaneous parts, printing for letterheads, flyer's, pamphlets, bumper stickers ect., operational costs, campaigning funds ect. It's going to be more than we thought. (like everything else)


We realize the economy is tough right now, but please,..... give what you can, as this is a much needed cause. Here in the state of Nebraska, the law came into effect in July, but there are NO campaigns to address this deadly issue.


Our goal is to bring together both parents and teen drivers to educate and teach them about the essential need for non-distracted driving and how this one change in behavior can make a difference in reducing the incidence of fatal crashes for drivers aged 15-19. Loosing a child to something so preventable is a terrible and senseless thing to endure.


In searching for a way to make her death more than just a statistic we've decided to do anything we can to make a difference. We have built a single seat street legal winged sprint car for a customer in South Dakota.


The project now is to build a two-seat sprint that we can use as a "tool"to educate everyone about the dangers of texting while driving. Apx. 85% of the car will use off the shelf parts of the dirt racing sprints We are planning on attending Eagle Raceway & other tracks, car shows and related type advents. The Nebraska State Patrol is excited that we'll be joining them in several " Promote Safety" events next year beside their "Roll Over Simulator".


If you happen to know of any individuals or company's that would generously give to our charity, please let me know, or they may call me anytime. We have the website below, but it needs a lot of work to get it to the point we need, so we're contacting a professional. If there's anyone that can help, please contact us.




We've also just started our email address below and PayPal account.

Checks are also accepted.


PayPal account address & email.



I spoke with the editor Rob Fisher of "Circle Track magazine"and the two seat build and the story of Alley texting while driving will be featured article. I have pasted our email conversation below and will be talking details this week. Rob said he'll include all sponsors.


This is very exciting for building the sprint and the campaign against texting and driving ! Being a racer how much better can it get for all of this to be in such a great world wide publication magazine to aid in getting weariness about this deadly and addictive problem in our country.


As you may know, this magazine is the best there is for all circle track racing


Here's the link and the email is below.



Please read over some texting facts that are at the bottom.


I've also attached a few photo's at the bottom.


Thank you for your time and we hope that many of you can help support us with your donations, for this very important campaign and unique way of drawing attention to this cause.



Kevin & Patty Gilmore

550 David lane

Eagle Ne. 68347


402-781-2322 (anytime, central time)


Racers Against Texting While Driving.


(Non-profit organization I.D #27-3701662)



The name and address of the incorporators are as follows:


Board of Directors-



Kevin Gilmore

550 David Lane, Eagle, NE 68347



Vice President-

Mathew Wilson

5613 Falcon Circle, Lincoln, NE 68516


Chief Brand Officer-

Nicole Battele

529 west 62nd street, Lincoln, Ne. 68505


Chief Technical Officer-

ADAM Wackel

658 Heather Circle Crete Ne. 68333

Racers Against Texting While Driving.


RATWD Website-



email address & PayPal Donation account-






From: Fisher Robert

Date: 12/16/2009 9:41:32 AM

To: cobrakev@galaxycable.net

Subject: Circle Track inquiry


Hi Kevin I am interested in your two-seater sprint car build. Could be a really fun article.

Feel free to contact me at any of the numbers below and we can discuss in more detail.



Rob Fisher


Circle Track Magazine

9036 Brittany Way

Tampa FL 33619






Circle Track Magazine - The #1 Source for Advanced Racing Technology

--------------------------------------------------------------------------NOTE- Some facts.


For every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks. In 2008 almost 6,000 people were killed and a half-million were injured in crashes related to driver distraction.


A 2009 experiment with Car and Driver magazine, editor Eddie Alterman showed that texting while driving had a greater impact on safety than driving drunk. While legally drunk, Alterman's stopping distance from 70 mph increased by 4 feet; by contrast, reading an e-mail added 36 feet, and sending a text added 70 feet. While celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey have campaigned against texting while driving, there are reports that the message hasn't been getting through to teenagers.


The brevity of these messages is what I think is important. Just being distracted for a moment to read a two or three word text can bring about the end of your life or maim you severely.Over 3.7 text messages are sent every second but it only takes one to kill you or someone else.


Distracted driving killing nearly 6,000 Americans in the same year, it's no mystery that cell phone use is risky for drivers.


According to Distraction.gov, the Department of Transportations website, distracted driving can be attributed to the deaths of over 5,000 people and injuries to over 500,000 in 2009.


ABC- Good Morning America reported that teens on average send & receive 3,300 text massages per month. Drivers Simply can't Do Two Things At Once

Drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others.

The proportion of drivers reportedly distracted at the time of the fatal crashes has increased from 8 percent in 2004 to 11 percent in 2008.

One of the most commonly recognized distractions is cell phone use. Cell phone subscriptions have grown exponentially from 1988 through 2009. About 89 percent, or approximately 277 million of all Americans, have a cell phone, according to CTIA The Wireless Association. For many, it is the only kind of telephone they possess. In

A recent NHTSA survey, most individuals (77 percent) reported that they talk on the phone while driving at least some of the time


Everyone Has A Personal Responsibility With more portable technology now than ever, driver distractions have risen to unprecedented numbers. We live in a world where people expect instant, realtime information 24 hours-a-day and those desires do not stop just because people get behind the wheel. Drivers simply do not realize the dangers that are posed when they take their eyes and minds off the road and their hands off the wheel and focus on activities other than driving.


Its Time to "Put It Down"


When drivers engage in distracted driving behaviors, they are not only a danger to themselves, but to everyone else on the road around them.


Drivers Simply Cant Do Two Things At Once.


According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others.


Deadly Behavior.


In 2008 alone, nearly 6,000 people died and more than half-a-million injuries occurred simply because people were not paying attention to the road. Peoples conversations can wait. The chances of causing a crash that could ruin lives is just too great


According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves or others.


Deadly Behavior.


Young drivers are at risk of distracted drivingespecially men and women under 20 years of age. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted. Not surprisingly, they text more than any other age group and the numbers of young drivers who text are only increasing.

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