News Conferences

Hosting a press conference is a really great way to get public attention and recognition for your school's Teens in the Driver Seat® program. Contact us for help on planning a press conference.

Elk Grove, California

News conference date: Friday, September 21st, 2012

Students at Franklin High School are among the first in California to start a new peer influence program designed to combat the number-one killer of teenagers – car crashes.

Teen drivers across the state were responsible for 1,744 fatal crashes between 2006 and 2010, with 83 of those happening in Sacramento County. Injury crashes statewide during the same time period totaled 131,502, with 6,654 of them in Sacramento County.

The students and administrators expect good things from their Teens in the Driver Seat program, because it’s the students themselves who are carrying the message.  “As young people, we listen to each other, and we’re influenced a lot by our friends,” says Marsela Young, one of the program leaders at Franklin. “And we know that any message is always going to mean a lot more if it comes from someone our own age.”

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Savannah, Georgia

News conference date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

A large percentage of local Savannah teens admit to engaging in risky driving habits,  according to a recent survey, so one school has decided to launch the peer-to-peer Teens in the Driver Seat® program to help each other become safer drivers.

More than 60,000 teen drivers in Georgia each year are involved in traffic crashes, by far the number-one killer of young people. Researchers attribute the crashes to inexperience, combined with one or more of the five main risks that plague young drivers: driving at night, distractions (primarily cell phones, texting and other teen passengers), speeding, limited seat belt use, and alcohol.

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Houston, Texas

News conference date: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Cy Falls press conferenceAfter a survey of 435 Cypress Falls High School students found Cy Falls teens were more likely to engage in risky driving habits than other Texas teen drivers, the school has launched Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS).

“Numerous studies – and our own experience – tell us that teenagers listen to and significantly influence each other,” said Cypress Falls Principal Becky Denton. “We are so excited that our students have become the voice for safe driving and that they are spreading that message to their peers, their families and community.”

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Austin, Texas

News conference date: Monday, July 27th, 2009

pc_07-27-2009The rate of fatal teen crashes is declining faster and more steadily in Texas than in any other state, thanks in part to a growing program that uses peer communication to reduce the dangers for young drivers, according to a new study.

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Channelview, Texas

News conference date: Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

channelview_teamChannelview High School students launching new driver safety program after assessment shows high frequency of risky driving behaviors. Channelview is the first school in the Houston region to start the program.

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Bristol, Connecticut

News conference date: Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

pc_11-12-2008_3smA recent study shows that area teenagers understand little about the main dangers they face on the road. In response, students from Central and Eastern High Schools in Bristol, Connecticut are using a new program to reverse the growing trend of teen crash deaths and injuries. These two schools are the first in New England to initiate the program.

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Pampa, Texas

News conference date: Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

press_event_6_smPampa High School teen driver survey results indicate that their students are more likely to drive dangerously than other Texas high school students, even though they are generally more aware of the risks they face behind the wheel. A press event was held on May 14, 2008 to announce their school’s survey results and to kick off TDS. Pampa High School is the first school in the Texas Panhandle to launch the program.

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San Antonio, Texas

News conference date: Monday, April 7th, 2008

State Congressman Ciro Rodriguez

Texas State Congressman Ciro Rodriguez and Texas Transportation Commission Chairwoman Hope Andrade joined with students from Communications Arts High School in San Antonio on April 7, 2008 to announce the securing of federal funding to promote TDS in the Southwest Texas region.

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Waco and West, Texas

News conference date: Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Connally and West High School students address the media about their plans to help stop the number-one killer of teens.

Connally and West High School students address the media about their plans to help stop the number-one killer of teens.

Students from Connally and West High Schools in Central Texas issued challenges to one another at a press conference held on December 20, 2007. The challenge is to see which school can make the most improvements in driving safety.

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Duluth, Georgia

News conference date: Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Duluth High School in Georgia address the media

Students at Duluth High School near Atlanta have started the first TDS Program outside of Texas. The TDS team members held a news conference on November 14, 2007 to share survey results from their school and to outline their action plan for the upcoming school year.

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Austin, Texas

News conference date: Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

pressevent_zant_sm2TDS announced the results of the biggest-ever survey of young Texas drivers at the Texas State Capitol on October 30, 2007. Speakers at the press conference include Krizia Martinez of San Antonio, Tabitha Zant of Mason, Texas, State Senator Kirk Watson, Transportation Commissioner Hope Andrade, TTI Director Dennis Christiansen, and Ronnie Lee Vandiver of State Farm Insurance.

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Photo Right: State Senator Kirk Watson, Transportation Commissioner Hope Andrade, Tabitha Zant of Mason, Texas (speaking) and Krizia Martinez of San Antonio.

Odessa, Texas

News conference date: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

On Wednesday, August 22, 2007, Odessa High School students hosted a news conference at their high school to promote the Teens in the Driver Seat program. The students met with local news media to answer questions about the program and how they plan to help stop the number-one killer of teens.

Austin, Texas

News conference date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Dr. Maria Teresa Cerqueira

Officials of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization and the State of Texas joined with Teens in the Driver Seat in April 2007 to observe Global Road Safety Week.

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Mason, Texas

News conference date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

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Students from Mason High School and Vista Ridge High School in Central Texas announced their TDS program at a press conference on February 27, 2007.