Corry, PA (December 19, 2012)
With motor vehicle accidents the number one killer of teens, representatives from Corry Memorial Hospital and Corry High School announced a community teen driving collaboration recently at a press conference held on the hospital grounds. The teen driver program will receive funding from State Farm, the largest insurer of automobiles in the country.
As a community and school based information program, the collaborative will have outreach to all residents of Corry. "Whether we have a teen driver in our family or not, we should all care about this issue", spoke Dave Herr, a local State Farm agent in Corry who presented $5K on behalf of State Farm. "When most people think about those affected by teen driver crashes, they think of the teens behind the wheel. We must also consider the significant impact of these crashes on other members of our communities: occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road-users."
With that premise, the high school and the hospital will work to promote the role that smart decisions have behind the wheel of an automobile and the impact that behavior has on their lives and the lives of those around them. This will includes high school programs like 16 Minutes and Survival 101 as well as hospital-driven community resources in the neighborhood campaign. Attendees at the check presentation, which included Pennsylvania State Representative, Curt Sonney; spoke about how learning to drive is a big first step in a teen's life and that it is up to all of us to insure a safe road ahead.
The grant, provided by State Farm's Celebrate My Drive® Teen Driving campaign, included events in September and grants awarded during October's National Teen Driving Safety Week. State Farm introduced Celebrate My Drive as an opportunity for communities to rally around teens as they learn to drive. As part of Celebrate My Drive, 14 participating high schools won $100,000 grants and 14 participating teens won brand new cars.
Earlier this year, in the 2012 Miles To Go report, State Farm and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute focused on the progress made in reducing teen driver-related crashes since 2005.
Key findings from the report include:
The second report in an annual series, it followed the 2011 Miles To Go report, which established several metrics and benchmarks on the state of teen driver safety in the United States.
Dave Phillips, State Farm Public Affairs, (610) 358-7667
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