Georgia Man Launches Safe Driving Initiative After Losing Son to Car Accident

October 31, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – October 25, 2018 ( A Georgia man has launched a safe driving initiative after losing his son to a car accident. The initiative has garnered widespread support in Georgia, according to an article from*

Mike Lutzenkirchen lost his son, Philip, in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in 2014 in LaGrange, Georgia. Philip was a passenger in the vehicle, and both he and the driver were impaired at the time of the crash. Philip played football at Auburn University and wore the number 43, a number that has become a symbol to Lutzenkirchen and the start of a safe-driving initiative in memory of Philip.

Lutzenkirchen founded the 43 Keys Initiativeafter his son’s death and has been traveling around the county promoting the practice of taking 43 seconds to complete a safe-driving checklist before each trip in a vehicle. The checklist includes the following tasks:

1.Clear Head: Ensure you have a clear head – one that is not affected by alcohol, drugs or emotions.

2.Clear Hands: Have clear hands – Send a text, adjust the radio and put all devices away so you can drive hands-free.

3.Clear Eyes: Set your sights on the road ahead. Do not look to the side at a passenger or down at a text.

4.Click It: Finally, click your seatbelt. It’s the law and could save your life. 

Lutzenkirchen introduced the 43 Keys Initiative October 22 at the Arthur M. Blank family office in Atlanta, Georgia. The Blanks are supporting the program by awarding Lutzenkirchen’s foundation with a grant of nearly $240,000. For more information about the Initiative, visit the web address linked above. 

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