It was a big win for Junior Leadership Bay on Tuesday morning. The Bay County Commission unanimously approved to enact the Dori Slosberg Act which will add a $5 fee on any moving traffic violation in Bay County to fund driver’s education in Bay District Schools.
Each year, Junior Leadership Bay, a program under the Bay County Chamber Foundation, chooses a project to better our community. This year’s class chose driver’s education which was cut from Bay District Schools in 2008. The students were passionate about bringing the program back into their high schools, and many students spoke to Commissioners about the issue.
Emily Slosberg, twin sister of Dori Slosberg, attended the Commission meeting and spoke in support of Junior Leadership Bay. The Dori Slosberg Act is named in memory of Dori Slosberg, the daughter of Florida State Rep. Irving “Irv” Slosberg, whose life tragically ended when the car in which she was riding crashed while she was unbuckled. Four other teens died in the crash.
By law, the revenue generated from the $5 fine cannot fund administrative costs for the program. The next step is for Bay District Schools to provide the funding for instructors for the course, which Superintendent Bill Husfelt has committed to doing. The program is slated to be back in schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
The Bay County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank those who supported the project including Chairman of Junior Leadership Bay, Greg Wilson, and all those who spoke in favor at Tuesday’s meeting. Special thanks to Emily Slosberg for making the trip to Bay County and the Bay County Commission for their unanimous vote. We hope this program will save the lives of one of our most precious assets, our students and future generations.