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Allstate Foundation Donation Enhances Teen Driver Safety Initiative
 
October 14, 2014
Media Contact:
Ashley Culver
(615) 322-4747
ashley.culver@vanderbilt.edu

The Allstate Foundation has awarded $72,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s teen motor vehicle safety program; “Be in the Zone - Turn off Your Phone.” The program is spearheaded by the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program to increase awareness among teens about the dangers of texting and driving.

“We know that in order to make a dent in the texting and driving issue we need to let the teens lead the way. Through our ‘Be in the Zone- Turn off Your Phone’ program we provide teens with the necessary tools, and trust their creativity to motivate their peers to change their behavior,” said Purnima Unni, MPH, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program manager at Children’s Hospital.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), inexperienced drivers younger than 20 are most at risk of being involved in a fatal crash caused by distracted driving. The results of the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nationwide, 41 percent of high school students who had driven a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days reported texting or emailing while driving.

“The Allstate Foundation is proud to support Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in the excellent work they are doing to spread the ‘No Texting While Driving’ message. Teen Safe Driving is a vitally important issue as well as one of the Allstate Foundation’s signature programs. Our partnership with Vanderbilt is a reflection of our joint commitment to empower teens to become champions for the cause,” said Allison May, Allstate Corporate Relations Division manager. 

The Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program has identified counties of concern based on pediatric trauma admission. This year the “Be in the Zone- Turn off Your Phone” program is partnering with 11 high schools across 10 counties covering more than 12,000 students. They will compete in a yearlong competition to get the “no texting while driving” message out in their schools and community. The winning school will receive $10,000 as a grand prize.

The 2014-2015 participating schools are: Brentwood High School, Cookeville High School, Gallatin High School, Glencliff High School, Independence High School, Macon County High School, Marshall County High School, Riverdale High School, Spring Hill High School, Summertown High School, White House Heritage High School.



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Tags: Adolescent and Young Adult Health, Safety
 
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