When Richard and Maria Wojtczak moved from Michigan to Arizona in 1998 after retiring from Ford Motor Company, their plan was to enjoy the warm climate. In 2002 after being in their new hometown for several years, a disturbing car crash that killed four teenagers from their community caught their attention. Coming from Motor City, and a lifetime spent in the culture of the automotive industry, they were acutely sensitive to the issue of safe driving. At the time, their daughter was a pre-teen and after a series of tragic car collisions caused multiple teen fatalities that devastated the community, Richard and Maria Wojtczak decided something needed to be done.
They began investigating driver training programs and were shocked at the lack of adequate education and state regulations required to obtain a driver’s license in Arizona. At the time, novice drivers were not required to drive on a freeway before getting a license, and the required hours behind the wheel were not enough to keep the teen drivers safe.