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Donation from Ford Driving Skills for Life Enhances Teen Driver Safety Initiative at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
 
August 24, 2015
Media Contact:
Ashley Culver
(615) 322-4747
ashley.culver@vanderbilt.edu

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Service has awarded $75,000 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 are fortunate to be partnering with Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services to address the issue of texting while driving among our teen population,” said Purnima Unni, MPH, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program manager at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. “Without their support we would not be able to grow our program and get the no-texting-while-driving message out into more high schools.”

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.

“Ford Driving Skills for Life is once again proud to partner with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to support the ‘Be in The Zone’ program,” said Jim Graham, manager Ford Driving Skills for Life Program. “Through this unique initiative, thousands of newly-licensed drivers are being educated on the risks associated with texting and driving.”

John L. Barker, owner of Two Rivers Ford, added, “As a father of two teenage children, I am happy to support the ‘Be in The Zone’ program. Educating teens on the consequences of distracted driving will save lives.”

The program is partnering with 15 high schools across 14 counties in Tennessee covering more than 13,000 students: Greenbrier High School, Upperman High School, Columbia Central High School, Central Magnet High School, Beech High School, East Hickman County High School, Sycamore High School, Kenwood High School, Nashville’s Christ Presbyterian Academy, Westmoreland High School, Watertown High School, Smith County High School, Page High School, Tullahoma High School and Creekwood High School. 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 a $10,000 grand prize.

 
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