Syracuse, New York (September 12, 2012) WHAT: Learning to drive is a big step in life's journey. On September 15, community leaders in Syracuse, NY will join with hundreds of other locations across North America in a show of support for teen drivers, helping them stay safe as they embark on the road ahead.
Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and according to the Center for Disease Control, their first year on the road as a new driver is the most dangerous. Though traditional scare tactics can be engaging for some, State Farm and others believe a supportive and positive approach to teen driver safety in addition to education, awareness, legislation and enforcement is key to keeping teens engaged and safe on the road. With this in mind, State Farm is debuting a different teen driver safety program called Celebrate My Drive.
All across the U.S. and Canada, State Farm® will be rallying communities to promote teen driver safety by hosting more than 300 events simultaneously on Sept. 15. The town of Syracuse, NY is home to one of the events and State Farm is encouraging area residents to attend to support teens as they learn to drive and get ready for the road ahead.
The Syracuse Celebrate My Drive event is hosted by State Farm Agent Matt Roe and will be held at Destiny USA Mall near Harborside and Carousel Center Drives. It will include activities/information to help students make good decisions when they get their driver's license. Through partnership with Whose Highway is it Anyway, (a State Farm grantee) the town will declare Sept. 15 as Celebrate My Drive© Day. The day will combine education with fun around a serious topic of keeping our teens safe behind the wheel. The event is free and is open to the entire community.
Interested community members can show their support for a local school by voting for the school to win a $100,000 grant at celebratemydrive.com between September 10 and September 15. State Farm is giving a total of 14 $100,000 grants to high schools across the U.S. and Canada.
Fourteen teenagers (ages 15-18) and their families, who participate in the school grant voting process, will win a grand prize, a brand new Chevy Sonic LS! Learn more by visiting www.facebook.com/CelebrateMyDrive.
NOTE: Media may contact Matt Roe to arrange for advance interviews with participating teens and their parents. Community leaders and participants also will be available for interviews during the day of the event.
|WHO:||Agent Matt Roe
Whose Highway Is It Anyway
|WHERE:||Destiny USA Mall
Harborside Drive & Carousel Center Drive
Syracuse, New York
|WHEN:||9/15/12 at 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
Matt Roe, State Farm agent, (315) 437-4456.
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