Car Crashes Remain Largest Public Health Issue Facing Teens. Celebrate My Drive™ Brings Together Community Leaders, Law Enforcement, And Parents In Support Of This Year's Class Of New Teen Drivers
More than 300 Communities Hosting Simultaneous Events. Thousands of Teens Expected To Participate.
Learning to drive is a big step in life's journey. On September 15, community leaders in Cleveland 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 American 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 360 events simultaneously on Sept. 15. Southpark Mall in Strongsville is home to one of the largest events in North America and State Farm is encouraging area residents to attend the event to support teens as they learn to drive and get ready for the road ahead. At the event, teens also will be able to participate in safe driving exhibits and rallies.
Several local high schools are participating in the upcoming celebration at Southpark Mall. Interested community members can show their support for these schools by voting for a local high 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.
One lucky Cleveland area teenager (15-18) who enters at the Southpark Mall will win the grand prize, a brand new Chevy Sonic LS! A total of 14 cars will be given away across the U.S and Canada. (complete rules are available at www.celebratemydrive.com/rules). Also at the Strongsville event, Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers will be on hand to sign autographs; there will be interactive activities; community partners; and fun giveaways. Learn more about the celebration by visiting www.facebook.com/CelebrateMyDrive.
Note: Media may contact Angie Rinock 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.
500 Southpark Center
Strongsville, Oh 44136
9/15/12 at 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.;
Angie Rinock, Media Inquiries, (269) 207-8006
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