Houston area schools, students and sponsors were recognized by the Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) program on May 19, 2015, at the statewide Teens in the Driver Seat Summit at the Courtyard San Antonio SeaWorld®/Westover Hills Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, for their efforts to prevent teen driver crashes through the TDS program.
- Timpson High School, Timpson, TX, TDS Cup 2nd place – TX 1A division
- Sugar Land Middle School, Sugar Land, TX, TDS Cup 1st place – TX Junior High division
- Lake Olympia Middle School, Missouri City, TX, TDS Cup 2nd place – TX Junior High division
- Vistas High School, Houston, TX, Outstanding TDS School
- Iris Hancock, Sugar Land High School, Sugar Land, TX, 2015 SponStar award recipient
- Danielle Smith, Timpson High School, Timpson, TX, 2015 SponStar award recipient
- Kevin Andrews, Lake Olympia Middle School, Missouri City, TX, 2015 SponStar award recipient
- Felicia Callis, Lake Olympia Middle School, Missouri City, TX, 2015 SponStar award honorable mention
At the summit, State Farm announced an additional $470,000 in funding for TDS to reach out to teens in 100 new high schools across the nation. The program is now active in 35 U.S. states.
“State Farm is excited and honored to work with TDS. Safe driving is a lifelong commitment and efforts like these keep the issue top of mind,” said David Beigie, State Farm VP of Public Affairs. “With TDS, we look forward to rallying around young people to embrace a ‘two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel’ approach to safe driving.”
The TDS Cup, sponsored by State Farm, is the award given to the top TDS Program schools each year. Schools receive points for completing various project outreach activities and achieving program goals. At the end of each year, the school with the most points is declared the winner and receives the TDS Cup. Schools that reach a minimum required number of activity points will be recognized as an Outstanding TDS School.
The SponStar award, sponsored by State Farm, recognizes the teacher/sponsors that make a difference to teens through their work with the TDS program.
“State Farm and TTI are both national leaders in what they do, and by working together they will continue to make our roadways safer for all drivers and passengers,” said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. “This partnership exemplifies the commitment to public service that is central to the mission of the A&M System.”
About Teens in the Driver Seat®:
Started in 2002, Teens in the Driver Seat is a peer-to-peer safety program that educates teens about the top five dangers of teen driving—driving at night; speeding and street racing; distractions, such as cell phones and teen passengers; not wearing a seat belt; and alcohol/drug use. Thanks to funding from the Texas Department of Transportation, State Farm and the Houston-Galveston Area Council, program resources and technical support are available at no cost to schools in Texas. For more information, please visit http://t-driver.com.
Teens in the Driver Seat is not limited to high school students only. A junior high school level program, Teens in the Driver Seat® – Jr. High (http://www.t-driver.com/whatyoucando/get-started/txinfo/txjrhigh/) is available for students in grades 6th through 8th and a college level program, U in the Driver Seat, http://www.u-driver.com/ is available for students currently enrolled in college.