Driving around Gainesville, especially near campus, they are everywhere—students on scooters. Students on their way to class, students with their friends on the seat behind them, students with their backpacks at their feet and, yes, students not wearing helmets.
As you casually observe them in your daily travels throughout campus, you may find yourself thinking, “they’ll be fine,” or even, “nothing’s going to happen.”
But for faculty member Maria Coady, “nothing’s gonna happen” is much more than a casual phrase—it’s the title of a film she co-produced after her son, Thomas, a UF pre-medicine/biology major, died from traumatic brain injuries following a motorcycle accident. His passenger, also a UF student, died the following day. In “Nothing’s Gonna Happen,” other students—Gabby Molden and Casey King—recount their stories and caution riders of the dangers that they face.
Dr. Coady encourages everyone to watch and share this video, particularly faculty who may be in a position to share with their students in class.
For more information about helmet safety, please visit http://www.housing.ufl.edu/i-wear-a-helmet-because/. To learn more about Thomas Coady and the “Nothing’s Gonna Happen” project, please visit www.thomascoady.com