Feature: Chattanooga’s 1N3
My Town Tuesday is our summer series where we highlight various local nonprofits. We’re writing to shed some light on the local superheroes who make our community great!
This week, I spoke with Tiki Finlayson of 1N3. 1N3 is a nonprofit that seeks to prevent drunk driving and provide drug and alcohol awareness to the community.
In 2011, Finlayson’s own son, Kevin Yates, was hit and killed by a drunk driver on his way home from work. Finlayson now spends her days spreading awareness about the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and sharing her story.
The statistic that 1N3’s name came from, that one in three people are impacted by drunk driving, is a statistic that Finlayson and her team are out to change.
“We’re different than a lot of drunk driving awareness organizations because we don’t come to give you many statistics and numbers. We come as people, people who’ve been impacted,” Finlayson said.
Finlayson said her goal is to add a “human factor” into her presentations.
“My goal is not to change laws, but to change the way people think,” Finlayson said.
1N3 speaks at Driver’s Education classes, middle and high schools, and rehabilitation facilities. Since January 2016, Finlayson’s team has given 40 presentations.
Finlayson said that the most rewarding part of her work is seeing “lightbulbs go off” as people begin to change their minds about drunk driving. She said the hardest part of her work is reliving daily the reality of her son’s death.
“When I see that the work we’re doing is making a difference, it doesn’t take away any of the pain of losing my son, but it helps me to see why we do what we do,” Finlayson said.
1N3 is not federally or grant funded and relies solely on donations. If you are interested in giving to this organization, visit their website.
If you have been impacted by the effects of drunk driving and are interested in speaking to others about your experience, 1N3 is also looking for speakers to join their team. You can contact them here.