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Commerce hosts a lesson in safe driving

'I find myself doing things totally different now'

Ryan Sylvia, center, with mother Monique and father Russell. Sylvia spoke at the Commerce Insurance Teens Safe Driving rally about the dangers of unsafe driving Wednesday, April 6 at their headquarters in Webster. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
April 10, 2011
WEBSTER — To go along with their new partnership with Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, Commerce Insurance hosted a safe driving rally at their Webster headquarters Wednesday, April 6.

On hand were "AAA Car Doctor" John Paul, Bay Path Superintendent Dave Papagni, Vice Principal Jeremy Guay, Dudley Police Chief Steven Wojnar, In Control presenter Dan Strollo, Wireless ESP presenter Dick Fischer, Commerce representative Jeff Guyette and guest teen speaker Ryan Sylvia.

"[Commerce Employee] Cathy Peterson is my neighbor, so she gave me the opportunity to speak after she heard about my accident," said Sylvia, a University of Maine student from Sutton who totaled his truck on Dec. 20 while driving home from school for Christmas break. "Once they started organizing the event, they decided they wanted a speaker with experience. I told this story to my friends and family before, but never to a large crowd like this. I've done presentations before for school, but never to a crowd like this."

Before giving the speech, Commerce allowed Sylvia to take their InControl driving course, which teaches further information than driver's education.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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