The National Safety Council (NSC) recently awarded Russell Henk, program manager for TTI’s Youth Transportation Safety Program, the organization’s 2015 Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award. Henk won the award for his “long-term commitment to reducing teen crashes through developing, nurturing and growing” Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS), the TTI program Henk founded more than a decade ago. Each year, NSC bestows awards on individuals and organizations that have proven they’re making a real difference in improving driving habits among teens.
“We know those efforts save lives and prevent injuries on our nation’s roadways,” says Kelly Nantel, vice president of communications and advocacy for NSC. “The research component of TDS — that is, being able to measure its effectiveness with teens over time — was vitally important to Mr. Henk’s receiving this award. That kind of measurement is imperative in our ongoing efforts to curb teen driver crashes and save lives.”
“Receiving this award is both humbling and thrilling,” says Henk. “It’s a great tribute that I must share with the entire TDS team, with whom I am so blessed to work. Validation of our collective accomplishments by such a well-respected organization on a national stage is pretty incredible, but knowing we’ve saved lives is the most rewarding aspect of all.”