The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Awareness and Education Program is bringing motivational speaker Blake McMeans with his message about drinking and driving to students at Charlotte Middle School Wednesday. McMeans travels the state speaking to students and groups about the dangers of impaired driving from first-hand knowledge. In 1994, just a few months after his father’s sudden death, McMeans was involved in a serious crash that put him in a coma for over three months and left him a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. Prior to the wreck, McMeans was a nationally ranked junior tennis player who was about to enter the University of Tennessee, but his career ended when he got behind the wheel drunk and slammed his car into a tree less than two miles from making it home safely. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office now sponsors McMeans to work as a motivational speaker using his experiences to inspire students not to drink and drive. McMeans will be speaking to students at Charlotte Middle School at 1:30 pm Wednesday. He previously brought his Promise Tour to Creek Wood High School. Deputy Paul Montgomery who coordinates the traffic education program for the sheriff’s office said recent statistical data makes it clear that some children begin to experiment with alcohol during middle school ages, so the program wants to bring its message to them. “This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome Bake McMeans and his powerful, personal message to Charlotte Middle School,” Montgomery said. McMeans was the subject of an award-winning documentary produced by the Multimedia Department at The Renaissance Center. For more information, visit blakemcmeans.com.