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Jamie Bloom, mother of Saige Bloom, who recently died in a car accident in Payson, watches a memorial slide presentation during Project Ignition; a program designed to raise awareness among teens for the need to focus on the road while driving.

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Tragic death, deep grief, vital lessons

Students grieve and weep at high school assembly focusing on safe driving

It is a day organizers hope rattles students. From graphic crash videos, firsthand accounts of survival, hands-on demonstrations on the dangers of distracted driving and stern warnings from police officers — Project Ignition is an annual event at Payson High School designed to get student drivers thinking. But the day may have been too much for some students with the tragic death of a student less than two months ago still weighing heavily.

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