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$100,000 State Farm grant to safety program highlights deadliest crash month for teens

For immediate release:                 June 30, 2011
For more information:                  Bernie Fette, 979-845-2623

AUSTIN—State Farm has awarded a $100,000 grant to Teens in the Driver Seat®, making the company the largest corporate sponsor of the growing peer-based safety program for young drivers. The funding will go toward supporting the program in Texas.

State Farm made its announcement on the eve of what is typically the deadliest month of the year for teens nationwide. The average number of fatal crashes involving teenagers over the past decade has been highest in July, and that month has surpassed all other months in eight out of ten years from 2000 to 2009, based on crash records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Teenagers face more danger on the roads than any other group, and that danger peaks in July,” said State Farm Public Affairs Manager Sophie Harbert. “This is an ideal time for us to highlight our support of Teens in the Driver Seat® and our overall commitment to roadway safety.”

Started in 2002, Teens in the Driver Seat® is the nation’s first peer-to-peer program focused exclusively on teen driving safety. The program was developed by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), and is designed to capitalize on the profound degree of influence that young people have on each other. Crash trends suggest that the program is having a meaningful impact. Since the program started, the number of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes has dropped more steadily in Texas than in any other state.

Student teams at nearly 500 Texas schools have started Teens in the Driver Seat® programs, reaching more than half a million of their peers with safe driving messages. The schools can request help from TTI staff, but the students are ultimately responsible for developing and delivering the safety messages in ways that resonate best with other students.

“Most young drivers don’t know that they’re many times more likely to die in a crash than people in other age groups,” says Teens in the Driver Seat® Program Director Russell Henk of TTI. “But they need to hear the message from a source they trust; they need to hear it from each other. The support we receive from State Farm will help to ensure that they do.”

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About State Farm®:

State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. Our 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts—more than 78 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada statefarm.ca®.

About the Texas Transportation Institute:

Since 1950, the Texas Transportation Institute has sought solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation—surface, air, pipeline, water and rail. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the Institute annually works with nearly 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. Recognized as one of the finest higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation, TTI has made research breakthroughs across all facets of modern transportation. Virtually every mile of roadway in Texas has benefitted from TTI research.

7 comments on “$100,000 State Farm grant to safety program highlights deadliest crash month for teens
  1. kidshow says:

    Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  2. Ivette Rueda says:

    Everything everyones says about car crashes is mostly true.Having mostly young teens die in car crashes is a thing we all should try to avoid ofcourse. Having people commiting themselves to do what ever necessary and trying to lower teens deaths by doing many activities and giving information to others could help alot.

  3. Alexis Weisheit says:

    Young teens are the highest death rates because of not paying attention to the road and being on there phones. They need to change the age of being allowed to drive or make cell phones prohibited while driving a car. Give kids more things to do beside being on the stress or being at the wrong place at the right time. That might help the death rates go down.

    Harker Heights High School

  4. Alisha says:

    I believe that everything that was said is important. Its amazing how devoted people can be for protecting others. Students should be more aware of the dangers of driving and should take the rate of deaths seriously. These studies have finally given the well needed wake up call to teens considering that the summer is the highest risk factor and designated driers could lower that in my opinion. This article really gets to the point and serves its purpose well.

  5. Alisha says:

    Harker Heights High School

  6. Kacelyn Follis says:

    Sweet article! Definitely worth the read. -Bronte ISD

  7. Hanna Weatherly says:

    Great Job! Very interesting! -BronteISD

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